Commissioner consults over North Yorkshire fire and police precept increases

Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan is asking North Yorkshire residents how much more they are willing to pay for the county’s police and fire service with inflation-busting increases on the cards.

The commissioner will set the precept for 2019/20 for North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

She said she had consulted on the policing precept since she became the Commissioner in 2012 but was now consulting on the fire and rescue service precept for the first time this year, following transfer of governance.

The survey, which will be carried out by telephone to a representative sample, and online where any resident can have their say, begins this week and will remain open until January 18.

Residents will be asked how much more they would be prepared to pay per year in their council tax bill.

Julia said she was making a commitment that if the public were to support a precept rise for North Yorkshire Police, she would work with the Chief Constable to ensure additional money was focused on boosting local, visible policing.

On policing, there are four options ranging from a precept freeze to an increase of more than £24.

On the fire and rescue service, there are also four options ranging from an increase of more than £5.

48 per cent of North Yorkshire Police’s funding and 70 per cent of North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s funding comes from the precept. The remainder comes from the government.

Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, said: “Policing continues to evolve in North Yorkshire as it responds to the changing nature of crime and demands on our police service. This county remains the safest place in England, but we are facing a series of challenges and many people tell me they want to see investment in local, visible policing. That is why I am committed to ensuring any additional money from the precept goes to this priority.

“I am also asking for views on the fire and rescue service precept for the first time. It is facing serious financial challenges and I am determined to ensure it has a strong and sustainable future keeping North Yorkshire safe. It currently attends around 6,500 incidents per year from fires to road traffic collisions, flooding to other emergencies.

“It is vital you have your say. I want to know, directly from you, how much you are prepared to invest in our policing and fire and rescue services before I make a decision on the precepts for 2019/2020. Please complete the survey, tell me your views and let me know which of the options you prefer.”

Policing Minister Nick Hurd has announced a new funding settlement for police forces worth up to £970m in 2019/20.

However, £500m of it will come from allowing PCCs to raise their local council tax precept contributions by up to £2 a month for a typical Band D household.
The online survey is available now at www.telljulia.com

 

2 Comments

  1. How about the commissioners take a pay freeze for a few years like the NHS staff had to.this would off set the cost that the police and fire brigade need.ever year our council tax goes up.

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