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Police Funding Survey

PCC Mark Shelford is asking if you would support paying an increase on your council tax to fund local policing.

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has launched a survey that asks residents in Avon and Somerset for your views on his proposal to increase the policing part of the council tax, known as the precept, by £10 a year for the average band D household.

To complete the survey, visit: OPCC (

Local policing is funded by a combination of people’s council tax (the precept), Home Office funding, and other grants.  The precept makes up 41% of police funding.

The PCC is responsible for setting the amount of money residents contribute to local policing through the precept. The Government determines the maximum amount by which PCCs can increase the precept each year.

The Government has not yet confirmed the maximum amount PCCs can increase the precept for next year, however it will be at least £10 a year for a band D household (3.8% of your council tax bill).

“I know that times are tough for a lot of households and an increase in bills next year is a big ask from local residents. Rising costs of living are continuing to impact on us all, including affecting the cost of running the police service.

“Even if Avon and Somerset Police receive an extra £10 from households next year, there will still be a need to increase savings across the force. The size of the savings needed will likely result in about 250 staff roles being cut across the next few years. These cuts will have an impact on front line services such as visible policing and the ability to investigate crime.

“In order to deliver on the priorities and the issues that are important to you, I need to ask for this additional funding.

“Please do take five minutes to complete the survey and share your thoughts with me.”

PCC Mark Shelford

The additional amount you will pay per council tax band, if a £10 precept increase is applied:

Council tax bandMaximum precept increase
Month (£)Year (£)

The survey will run until 22 January 2024.

If you would like this survey in an alternative format please use our general enquiry form.