COUNCIL TAX PRECEPT INFORMATION 2019/20
Just before Christmas, the government announced the amount of funding that Lancashire Police would receive. When setting the figure, government assumed that I would increase the police precept element of council tax by £24 (for a Band D property) – this was the only option provided to protect and bolster policing here in Lancashire and not using it would mean a further cut to the budget, the equivalent to 125 fewer police officers.
I maintain that it is not sustainable for police funding to rely on the council tax precept and it is unfair to continue passing the burden of years of austerity in policing onto local council tax payers. That said, I firmly believe that it is local residents who should decide, not government, which is why I went out to consultation on this matter.
Central government budget cuts continue to hit Lancashire Police hard. After losing £84m from the police budget since 2010, with another £18m still to find by 2022, resources are extremely stretched with 800 fewer officers, 350 fewer staff and increasing demand on officers. New types of crime are emerging and threats faced by local communities are changing.
|2018/19 Budget requirement||271.878|
|Add: Pay award||4.503|
|Add: Additional Pension Costs||7.100|
|Less: Additional specific grant funding||-3.478|
|2019/20 Budget requirement||286.085|
EXPENDITURE AND INCOME
2019/20 per head
|Gross Revenue Expenditure||288.22||306.55||205.67|
|Net Budget requirement||267.76||286.09||191.94|
|Less: Central Government funding||-190.02||-196.85||-132.07|
|Less: Collection Fund surplus 2018/19||-1.01||-0.97||-0.65|
|Council Tax Requirement||76.73||88.26||59.22|
|Band D equivalent (£)||177.45||201.45|