PCC’s and Precept Increases 2019

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2019 Police & Justice Service Group Conference
6 June 2019

This Conference notes that the Government raised the maximum amount that the Police Precept portion of Council Tax could be increased by. The majority of Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) therefore used this offer from Government to increase their Police Precept by this increased maximum amount. Many PCCs used the justification that it was to properly fund policing and put more ‘officers’ on the beat and increase Police Staff numbers.

Conference believes that there is a significant element of hypocrisy and shortsightedness from PCCs as many Branches are still reporting cuts to Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) and a move away from a Neighbourhood and Community Policing ethos. Conference believes that this totally undermines the valued work undertaken by our PCSO’s and Police Staff who are also providing a service that all communities value.

Conference asks that the Service Group Executive:

1)Write to the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners raising the fact that cutting PSCO and Police Staff numbers whilst increasing the Police Precept to pay for policing is not acceptable;

2)Work with Labour Link to raise this issue with all Labour PCCs.