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.

 

BUDGET ANALYSIS

£m
2018/19 Budget requirement 271.878
Add: Pay award 4.503
Add: Additional Pension Costs 7.100
Add: Investment 5.058
Add:Demand/Volume increases 4.524
Less: Savings -3.500
Less: Additional specific grant funding -3.478
2019/20 Budget requirement 286.085
 

EXPENDITURE AND INCOME

 

2018/19

 

2019/20

 

2019/20 per head

£m £m £
Gross Revenue Expenditure 288.22 306.55 205.67
Less: Income -20.46 -20.46 -13.73
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

 

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