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Derbyshire PCC Outlines First Budget Plans

24th January 2017
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Derbyshire PCC Outlines First Budget Plans

Derbyshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa has revealed details of his first budget as Commissioner, which includes the aim to safeguard crucial frontline services in the face of on-going cuts.

The Commissioner presented his financial arrangements for 2017-18 to members of the Strategic Governance Board, detailing how much funding he requires to secure vital policing services to protect the public over the next 12 months.

Derbyshire Constabulary faces further reductions to its central policing grant in 2017-18 and although the Treasury has pledged to protect the policing budget nationally, this was on the assumption that PCCs increase the amount of money people pay towards policing by 2%.

As a result, the Commissioner has had no alternative but to recommend a 1.99% increase in the amount of council tax local people pay towards policing in 2017-18. The increase will see householders in a Band D property paying £180.60 per year - a £3.53 increase on last year and 6.8p extra per week.

It will generate an extra £1m for the Force - the equivalent of 20 full-time police officer posts - and supports a police establishment of 1,700 officers, 1,263 police staff and 165 PCSOs.

The Commissioner's proposals were approved by the Board which gives Mr Dhindsa the go ahead to recommend this budget to the Police and Crime Panel for consideration and approval.

Speaking of the plans, Mr Dhindsa said "I'm deeply regretful that like so many public services we are in a position where council tax is the only viable means of plugging the gap in our central funding. I'm very grateful, however, that the vast majority of the public are in support of this small rise to maintain our strong performance and keep our streets as safe as they can be as shown in my recent consultation survey.”

"The current financial position is through no fault of our own and it is thanks to strong leadership and prudent resource management that we have been able to continue delivering excellent results, as evidenced by the outstanding grading from HMIC before Christmas. I'm under no illusion that the coming year will continue to stretch our resources to capacity and put our workforce under immense pressure.”

“Our people are our greatest asset and they have a proven track record of excelling in the face of adversity. The precept increase will go some way to protecting our dedicated team to continue their valued work keeping the public of Derbyshire safe."

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