Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Panel agree precept increase to enable plans to re-invest in CCTV and lead to improvements in HMIC gradings

Police & Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn said:“My decision to ask for an increase in the amount of money our communities pay towards policing was not made lightly.”

“The precept agreed by the Police & Crime Panel equates to an additional 27p per week, per household for an average band D property. This band D tax will be at a level that is 6.9% higher than the 2016/17 level and is 1.55% higher than the 2014/15 level.

“This increase in budget will enable me to move ahead with my plans to re-invest in CCTV across the counties, as well as enhance the service provided to our most rural communities. It will also go towards implementing required improvements in order to improve the HMIC grading’s for the force, a significant challenge but a priority for myself and the Chief Constable.”

“The consultation I undertook at the end of last year confirmed that our communities are willing to pay more for policing. The majority suggested they were in support of an increase of up to 5%, with some willing to go to 10%.”

“I am very aware of financial demands our communities face and have done my best to keep the increase to a minimum. Today’s increase means that the communities served by Dyfed-Powys Police continue to pay the least for their local policing, when compared to the other Welsh forces.”

“In light of a freeze on precept last year, a cut of 5% in the previous year and the continuation of cuts to police budgets nationally, no increase was not an option. And I will use every penny of this increase to ensure that we continue to do everything possible to keep our communities safe.”

Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Panel agree precept increase to enable plans to re-invest in CCTV and lead to improvements in HMIC gradings welsh precepts graph

Panel to discuss police precept


Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Panel is to discuss the Commissioner’s budget plans for the coming year.

Meeting at the end of this week, the panel will discuss the proposed police precept being put forward by the Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn.

The panel, which was set up to support and scrutinise the Police and Crime Commissioner, usually meets every three months.

It has the power to approve or veto decisions on issues such as the council tax precept.

Mr Llywelyn has carried out a public consultation on police funding and will inform the panel of the findings when it meets on Friday, January 27.

Local policing is funded from a Home Office grant, as well as contributions from the public via the Council Tax, known as the police precept.

Dyfed-Powys Police’s current budget is £93.342million, with £43.330million of this coming from the police precept.

If the police precept aspect of the Council Tax is increased by 5%, a Band D householder would pay an additional 83p per month, and Dyfed-Powys Police’s annual budget would increase by £3.130million.

Panel vice chair Cllr Alun Lloyd Jones said: “One of the functions of the Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Panel is to consider the budget plans of the Commissioner and his recommended police precept.

“It is a delicate balance between providing the vital resource needed to police the area, and the impact upon taxpayers.

“It is for the panel to approve or block his recommendations in the best interests of people in the Dyfed Powys force area.”

The panel is made of up of members nominated by the four councils in the force area: Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys; and at least two independent members. Carmarthenshire County Council is the lead authority for the panel.

The meetings are open to the press and public, and with the prior permission of the chair, people can ask questions or make a statement in relation to a matter being considered by the panel, with the exception of personnel matters.

Questions can also be submitted to the panel either in writing or via the website contact form.

 



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