PCC Mark Shelford confirmed an increase in the policing part of the council tax – known as the precept – of 4.1% for local residents, 83p more per month for the average band D household.
PCC Mark Shelford’s proposal was supported by the Police and Crime Panel.
The increase will help deliver the PCC’s ambitious Police and Crime Plan, which aims to provide an efficient, effective and legitimate police service for local people.
The additional money raised will allow Avon and Somerset Police to manage inflationary pressures including officer and staff pay rises. This increase also means any savings that still need to be made will be less likely to impact frontline services.
The decision follows a seven-week long consultation that saw over 5,600 people complete an online and postal survey. This was supported by a separate telephone survey that runs throughout the year, which collected an additional 750 responses.
The majority of the 6,335 responses were supportive of any increase in the precept (65.6%) and the individual option with the most support was the 4.1% increase (47.7%).
“I would like to thank the Police and Crime Panel and local people for their support. This additional funding will support the work of officers and staff in delivering my Police and Crime Plan to ensure residents have an efficient, effective and legitimate police service that meets the needs of their communities.
“I know that any increase in household bills is felt by local people but, without it, significant cuts would have to be made that would impact frontline services. This is why I was determined to hear from as many residents as possible and, through my consultation, I heard from 6,335 residents of which the majority were in support of an increase to support policing.
“This increase is a really positive step for policing and allows the force and my office to work towards our vision of more visible policing, better community engagement, preventing crime, strengthening partnership work, and improving outcomes and support for victims of crime.
“The precept increase will also allow us to give pay rises to the policing family, ensuring we are recognising the hard work of officers and staff that go above and beyond for our communities. If you want an outstanding police service, you have to fund it and, as your PCC, I will ensure Avon and Somerset Police deliver.”PCC Mark Shelford
The PCC’s online and postal survey saw an increase in the number of respondents from Black, Asian, Mixed and Other ethnic minority communities. However, the response was still not representative of the local population and more will be done to make responses to future consultations more diverse.
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) focused on targeting areas where PCC Mark Shelford’s mandate was weakest; 2,190 survey respondents did not vote in the most recent PCC election and this highlights the success of the consultation reaching those who previously might not have been engaged with the PCC.
The Police and Crime Panel is independent of the OPCC and oversees the work of the area’s PCC.