PCC Paddy Tipping’s budget and precept increase have been approved by the Police and Crime Panel.
A detailed report spelt out his plans to deliver an effective police service, with less money coming in. The Panel approved his proposed revenue budget for 2015/16 of £188.2m – smaller than last year by £5.6m - a loss of around £10m when taking into account inflation and a £6.8m cut in the Government’s funding grant announced in December.
“In all, since 2010-11, Nottinghamshire has seen its funding dive by over £42m,” he added. “With no let-up in sight, we continue to face the huge challenge of making even more savings to fill the gap.”
It is in the face of these unprecedented funding cuts and in line with public feedback that the Commissioner will now increase the police portion of the council tax – known as the precept – by 1.98%. This rise amounts to £3.42 a year for an average household, taking the total amount of council tax paid towards policing for a Band D property to £176.40.
Seventy two per cent of the funding for the budget comes from the Government, and the remaining 28% from the precept.
Mr Tipping said: “I’m grateful that the Panel appreciated the issues we face. This has been the tightest budget yet, which means difficult choices have had to be made. The lack of certainty over future funding levels makes things more challenging, but we can be sure that further significant cuts are in store.
“Nevertheless, this budget does provide the resources for new and different ways of achieving safer communities, such as prevention work to reduce demand and a renewed focus on the needs of rural areas.
“We have also been able to protect spending on community safety for schemes delivered with our partners, which will benefit all our communities.”
He went on: “But with less money in the pot, we have reluctantly had to accept that our recruitment plans need to be put on ‘hold’ for this year – though we will review the position after the General Election and the next Comprehensive Spending Review due to be held in the Autumn.”
Continuing efforts to make ends meet are outlined in the Commissioner’s Budget Report. These include carrying out plans to redesign the police estate, making it more suitable for modern day needs and reducing overheads. The use of better technologies will go hand in hand with remote working, ensuring that officers are out in the communities rather than in stations.
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Posted on Tuesday 3rd February 2015