Council Tax 2018/19
The Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) has a statutory obligation to set the police precept element of local council tax, which is a key component of the overall funding that makes up the Dorset Police budget.
In recent years, Dorset Police has seen an increase in demand, a reduction in real terms funding and experienced the associated impact on officer and staff welfare. No additional central Government funding was made available to Dorset Police for the 2018/19 financial year.
The Government indicated that PCCs were expected to raise the police precept by £1 per month for an average Band D household, in order to meet growing demand. Residents recognised these challenges, with 79% of those who took part in public consultation willing to pay more to support Dorset Police.
To find out more about the subsequent decision to increase council tax and the full public consultation results, please click here.