The 2014-15 budget for policing Nottinghamshire proposed by Commissioner Paddy Tipping has received official sanction from the Police and Crime Panel. Consequently the Panel approved the plans to increase the police element of the council tax bill by a maximum of 1.96%.
As a result a further 30 Police Officers will be recruited and plans to transform the way the force operates will be introduced.
The Commissioner said: “The Panel listened carefully to our budget plans and their approval is independent verification that our sums make sense.
“People tell me that they want to see more bobbies on the streets which is what I’m trying to deliver. Unfortunately that will inevitably mean less buildings but I think everyone appreciates that you can’t have both when you are trying to save a further £12.7m in the coming year and that’s in addition to the £42m already found.
“I’m well aware that the recruitment plans depend on efficiencies made elsewhere in the budget. Both the Chief Constable and I are clear that the introduction of plans to transform the way the force works will have to be accelerated so that we can deliver the necessary efficiencies in the coming year. If these savings do not materialise as quickly as the force tell me they will, then it’s a fact that we might have to slow up our plans for further recruitment.
“I think it was made clear to the Panel that this budget is the result of a great deal of consultation with the Chief Officer team to ensure that they endorsed my plans. I’m pleased to say that the Panel agree as well.
The 15-strong Panel, which is responsible for scrutinising the work of the Commissioner, heard that the budget for policing Nottinghamshire in 2014-15 was £193.8m, with an associated 1.96% increase in the policing portion of the council tax bill. This means that a Band D household will increase slightly from £169.65 to £172.98 per annum, an increase of £3.33, less than a penny a day for the majority of households in Nottinghamshire and Nottingham City.
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Posted on Wednesday 5th February 2014