Councillors reject 10% North Yorkshire Police precept increase

Photo: TC Dave Minto/North Yorkshire Police.

Councillors who sit on the North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Panel have vetoed an increase of over 10 per cent in council tax for policing put forward by the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, Julia Mulligan.

The panel said it needed more detail to arrive at a balanced decision.

Members said they felt there was a lack of assurance about where the extra money would be spent, particularly in relation to aspects of local policing.

They also expressed concern that levels of neighbourhood policing had declined in recent times with a corresponding decline in public confidence.

In a statement issued yesterday, members said they were especially disappointed that the commissioner and police officers gave a presentation to the panel with new information so that there was little time to take on board the issues and hold the commissioner to account.

The panel stated it would also welcome more detail about how savings can be made

Councillor Carl Les, chair of the panel, said: “Rejecting the Commissioner’s proposal was not a decision taken lightly by the panel and we understand the public’s need to have a more visible policing presence in York and North Yorkshire.

“But an increase of more than 10 per cent is simply too much to ask people to pay without further information about how aspects of local policing will be improved.”

Detective Chief Constable Phil Cain and Julia Mulligan have both reacted to the decision on twitter.

The panel also expressed concerns about the conclusions drawn from the commissioner’s public consultation.

The panel accepts the principle that the precept money would be held in a policing priorities fund and only released by the commissioner on the production of a successful business case.

The panel has a reserve date for the panel to consider a revised precept proposal on February 21.

The panel gave its approval to an increase for 2019/20 for the fire and rescue service of £2.07 (2.99%) for a Band D property.


  1. The police presence in Richmond is less than minimal we see traffic wardens more than the police it’s very rare you’ll see a policeman in town on any day they turn out for big occasions the fair anything that the mayor is involved with which is good but what about the rest of us the little people that pay out taxes don’t we count ?

  2. There is no doubt that good policing is important to our community especially those communities in the countryside but I do agree, we don’t ever see the Police in Ravensworth. We do however get lots of texts but that’s all

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