Have your say on the Hampshire Policing Budget
Simon Hayes, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire, is inviting members of the public across Hampshire and Isle of Wight to have their say on the level of council tax precept for the policing budget in 2015/16.
The Commissioner is proposing a nominal increase of 1.99 percent. For an average Band D household, this equates to a rise of just £3.07 per annum (or 26p per month, or 6p per week) from £154.26 to £157.33. This increase would generate an additional £2 million for 2015/16, which is the cost of employing 43 police officers.
The increase proposed is within the 2% cap that has been placed on precept rises by central Government. To exceed this cap would require the conduct of a referendum, the costs of which would divert funding from front line policing, and this is not therefore something that the Commissioner is proposing. However, the Commissioner is still interested to hear from the people of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight as to whether, in principle, you would support an increase which was greater than the 2% cap, in the event that it were to be possible to invest all of this in front line policing. For example, if the precept was increased by 2.99%, the additional £1m generated would equate to around an additional 20 police officers.
The Government cap on precept rises in recent years has left a significant shortfall in funding. With 33 percent of the total policing budget coming from the council tax precept, and with Government continuing to dramatically reduce police funding, the proposed increase will help to partially address that shortfall.
Mr Hayes comments: “With Hampshire Constabulary currently making significant changes to the way it operates, to enable it to make £80m in savings, due to Government imposed cuts that have already been imposed, it has never been more important to consult with the public over the policing element of the council tax precept.
“HMIC recently announced that Hampshire Constabulary remains a low cost, well performing force and I question whether the Constabulary can withstand any further cuts without it impacting on the level of neighbourhood policing people expect. If we are to continue delivering the highest possible levels of service, and honour my commitment to protect neighbourhood policing across the communities of Hampshire and Isle of Wight, we must have the funding in place to do so. I am therefore left with no option but to propose a precept increase. I am inviting the residents of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to play their part in this decision-making process by sharing your views with me. I am encouraging everyone to register their opinion by 5pm on Tuesday, 20 January 2015. My message is clear: ‘Hampshire Constabulary is your police force, it’s your choice – so have your say’. Public opinion plays a vital role in helping me make an informed decision.”
To express your opinion, please complete a short survey at http://bit.ly/1vIIlsN
, email firstname.lastname@example.org
, or FREEPOST your response to: Business Reply Plus, Licence Number RTGX-KSAA-AHBB, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, St Georges Chambers, St Georges Street, Winchester, SO23 8AJ
The results of the consultation will be presented to the Police and Crime Panel when they meet to review the proposed precept at their meeting on Friday, January 23rd 2015.
Drainage Maintenance - Temporary Traffic Lights During January/February
As part of the programme of works being undertaken by Operation Resilience we will shortly be undertaking drainage/ditch maintenance works on B3349 Alton Road / New Odiham Road, between Alton and RAF Odiham.
The scheme will commence at the Alton end of the B3349 and are programmed to start on Monday 5 January 2015. The works are expected to last for 8-9 weeks, weather permitting. In order to undertake the works safely it will be necessary to use temporary traffic lights each day between 09:30 to 16:00hrs.
Information signs advising road users of the works will be erected before the start of works. An email will be sent to East Hampshire and Hart District Council’s, and the various parish clerks to advise them accordingly.