Police Commissioner proposing rise in precept

Residents are facing an increase in their bills to help pay for investment in Northumbria Police.

Friday, 7th February 2020, 7:00 am
Updated Friday, 7th February 2020, 7:00 am
Northumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness.

Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness proposed a 1.99 per cent precept rise after residents said they would be happy to support additional investment in their police force.

The rise – equal to 22p more a month for a Band D property – will generate just over £1m extra per year for police, and comes alongside a better than expected police funding settlement which will see more investment in frontline policing.

Ms McGuinness said: “The Government has finally handed police forces additional funds but at the same time ministers told us that we should increase police precepts by up to £10 a household (a 7.44 per cent increase).

“There is always a balance to be struck between investing in the police and acknowledging the financial pressures facing residents, but the £10 a year hike seemed too great a rise for our area.

“Instead, I think a 22 pence a month increase is fairer for households while ensuring the force is well-staffed and able to respond to emerging crime trends.”

She added: “Local residents know I firmly believe that it should be the Government and the Government alone that pays to deliver policing – not the local tax payer. It’s not an easy decision to make but I’m pleased our consultation has shown that it’s one that residents are in favour of.”

The proposed 1.99 per cent precept rise was approved on Tuesday at the Police and Crime Panel.