Still time to have your say on Leicestershire police budgets

Leicestershire's Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Clive Loader EMN-151231-101805001
Leicestershire's Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Clive Loader EMN-151231-101805001

Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Clive Loader is reminding people to have their say about this year’s policing budget in a new online survey.

Sir Clive is asking residents to let him know how much they are prepared to pay towards policing in 2016-17.

The commissioner has teamed up with Leicestershire Police to gather feedback to help guide his New Year budget decisions.

Sir Clive said: “Managing the budget is a challenging job and next year will be no exception as we attempt to maintain our performance and capacity with less money.

“Our ability to do this depends very much on how much additional income we can generate through council tax however before I make any decisions on next year’s precept I want to know exactly how much the public are prepared to pay and why.”

Currently, an average Band D householder in the county pays 49.3p per day (£180 per year) towards policing. Sir Clive has outlined three options for next year’s council tax precept and is asking the public to tell him which they prefer.

The first is to freeze council tax at the current rate which means that the force would need to find a further £1.1m in savings above those already planned which is the equivalent of a reduction of 20 police officers although alternative ways of making the savings would be sought.

The second option is to increase council tax by 1.5 per cent which would mean a Band D household would have to pay an extra 5p per week (£2.70 per year). This would bring the savings down to £0.25m - the equivalent of a reduction in five police officers.

The final option is to increase the precept to two per cent - the maximum level that can be set before triggering a referendum - which would increase the average household council tax bill for policing by 7p per week (£3.58 per year). This would not necessitate any funding cuts beyond those already planned.

The survey can be found at www.neighbourhoodlink.co.uk/3627F482-2523-444F-A3BD-33C934590D37/QuickRegister