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Make sure you vote on 5 May

Are you concerned about crime and safety in your area? Don’t miss your chance to vote for who leads your local police force for the next four years.

Each police force in England and Wales has an elected Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) who holds the chief constable to account to voters. The vote is on 5 May and you must be registered to vote by 18 April.

Central government cuts to police forces across the UK have resulted in a rise in serious crime, which makes these elections very important.

Take action

Register to vote by 18 April

Vote on 5 May


The issue

This government has drastically cut funding for the police

Between 2010 and 2015, the Westminster government cut funding for police forces by 20%. This has led to:

  • 30% fewer police community support officers (PCSOs)*
  • 20% less police staff (999 call takers, scenes of crime officers etc)
  • 13% fewer police officers
Crime is on the rise

According to data from the Office for National Statistics serious crime is on the rise.

Over the last 12 months:

  • sexual offences have increased by 36%
  • violent crime has increased by 27%
  • homicide has increased by 14%
  • knife crime has increased by 9%
  • gun crime has increased by 4%[i]
Vote for the candidate who will improve policing in your area

In light of the cuts to policing and the rise in crime, UNISON is recommending candidates who want to take a stand against the cuts, defend jobs and services, oppose privatisation and protect neighbourhood policing.

In London, the Mayor will have democratic responsibility for policing and the office of the PCC so Londoners will vote on 5 May for the Mayoral candidate that they want to oversee London’s policing.

In Manchester there is no PCC election on 5 May because the Mayor for Greater Manchester has democratic responsibility for policing and the office of the PCC, and the next election for that role is next year.

How to vote

Voting will take place in your local polling station (probably where you voted in the general election, unless it has moved). Contact your local authority if you’re not sure where your polling station is.

Register to vote

Register to vote here (https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote). The deadline for registration is 18 April.

Are you registered to vote? 

Since the last General Election the voter registration system has changed. Rather than one person being able to register their whole household, each voter now has to register individually. Most voters will have been automatically transferred over to the individual voter registration system by their local council. However, if you have moved or are not sure whether you are registered to vote, please contact your local council electoral services team before 18 April to make sure you don’t lose out.

If you’re not sure if you are registered to vote you can contact your local authority to find out.

Get a postal vote

If you’re going to be out the country or busy you can get a postal vote.


*PCSO numbers have not been cut in Wales, because the Welsh Government has put extra funding into neighbourhood policing, unlike the government at Westminster.