Today’s announcement of the financial settlement for police forces across the country next year amounts to total further investment of around £450 million.
All forces, including Nottinghamshire, will potentially benefit. The level of grant from the Home Office to Nottinghamshire Police will remain the same next year rather than reducing as planned.
In addition, the Government has announced that the police precept – the amount of money raised locally via the Council Tax – can be raised by £12 per year.
At present the precept for a Band D property in Nottinghamshire stands at £183.42 per year. If the Government’s proposals are agreed it could rise to £195.42. Most Nottinghamshire residents will pay less as the majority live in Band A and B properties.
Extra money is being allocated to counter-terrorism and the introduction of new technology.
Commenting on the proposed settlement Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Paddy Tipping, said: “There are still some difficult decisions to be made. Because of previous grant reductions, Nottinghamshire Police are looking to save a further £13.5 million over the next three years. This is on top of the £54 million grant reduction since 2010.
“If the Government’s proposals are agreed by Parliament in the New Year, today’s announcement means that Nottinghamshire Police could receive extra resources next year of about £4 million followed by a similar increase of £4 million in 2019-20.
“This won’t resolve our financial difficulties but it is a welcome and helpful step forward.
“The budget for Nottinghamshire Police will not be agreed until February so there will be consultation on the proposals.
“If the precept increase is agreed the extra money raised will be used to recruit more police officers. Our aim is to increase police numbers from 1,840 today to approaching 2,000 over the next two years.
“At the end of the day local residents want to feel safe and secure in their homes and streets.”
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Posted on Tuesday 19th December 2017