Good afternoon all
As I am sure you will be aware, it is the time of year when PCCs need to consider whether they increase the policing part of the council tax. The Government has told PCCs – who are responsible for setting the amount of money local people contribute to policing through council tax – that they can raise the precept next year by £10 for an average band D household, which is approximately 83p per month.
Before making this decision, PCC Mark Shelford wants to hear from communities their views about this potential increase; he has launched a survey asking if residents would be willing to pay an increase in the precept.
We are asking you, as a stakeholder and local resident, to complete the short survey, which will be running until 21 January. It would be great if you could also share the survey with any of your colleagues, friends and family who also live within Avon and Somerset and encourage them to complete it.
The PCC has to balance the challenges facing policing with local people’s views in order to best resource an efficient and effective police service that can keep people safe. This is why it is essential we hear from as many local people as possible. Please use this link to complete the survey. We are also able to provide paper versions of the survey – please let me know if you require one of these.
Wishing you all a happy and healthy festive season and I look forward to continuing working with you next year.
Interim Chief Finance Officer