Policing Precept 2019/20

Dorset Police & Crime Commissioner, Martyn Underhill, has set the annual policing budget for 2019/20 including raising the Policing element of the council tax by £24 a year* (Band D).

Each year, it is my responsibility to set the part of your council tax that goes towards funding Dorset Police.

The Government have, once again, placed the responsibility for the majority of this year’s settlement with Police and Crime Commissioners. Rather than providing a much-needed, balanced funding settlement for policing, the Government advice was to increase the policing precept up to the maximum of £24* per year.

This is the amount that I therefore took to consultation with you, the people of Dorset.

This year’s precept consultation resulted in a total of 4,829 responses and I would like to thank everyone who took part.

Around 85% of you agreed that policing needs more investment and a large proportion of you told me that you, like me, believe this investment should come from central government, not the local council tax.

Additionally, over two thirds of you, 69%, said you would pay an additional £2 per month, per Band D property, for policing services.

I remain immensely frustrated that the financial burden has been passed to local taxpayers and, for the second year running, I have had to reluctantly ask for the support of Dorset residents to raise the precept to the maximum amount set by Whitehall.

The Government’s proposal for PCCs to raise the precept by £24 does little in the long term to resolve the police pension gap, inflation and unfunded pay pressures, all of which have been thrust on my budget in the last year.

Overall, the precept enhancement will amount to £7.0 million in extra income for Dorset Police, which will go some way to offsetting cuts in central funding.

However, I would like to point out the fact that a significant element of our cost base is subject to pay and pensions increases beyond our control.

The Treasury are attempting to tackle the national issue of ‘unfunded public sector pensions’ by passing the cost onto the police. Unlike in the NHS, where this has been centrally funded, the police are expected to make up the shortfall.

The full impact to Dorset of the pension increase is likely to be an extra £3.1 million a year. This figure on its own would need a precept increase of £10.70.

To address the ever-increasing and ever-changing demands on policing, we have created a £1m Innovation Fund. This fund will pay for initiatives such as extra staff in the rural and marine crime teams, improving road safety, reducing re-offending and tackling county lines drug networks.

Your raise in council tax keeps Dorset Police solvent, and allows for a small amount of growth in staffing and initiatives for the first time in a decade. I thank you for this boost, at a time of constant cuts, and a huge reduction in front-line staff over many years.

I would like to thank the residents of Dorset for once again supporting me and for the continuing support they show to the officers and staff of Dorset Police.

Martyn Underhill

Dorset Police & Crime Commissioner

 

COUNCIL TAX 2019/20

Dorset Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC), Martyn Underhill, has set the annual policing budget for 2019/20 including raising the Policing element of the council tax by £24 a year* (Band D).

Following a formal request from the Chief Constable, strong levels of public endorsement from those who took part in the annual precept survey and the unanimous support received from the Police and Crime Panel, the PCC has decided to raise the policing precept for the year. 

The PCC has a statutory obligation to set the police budget and precept. For more information on why the PCC chose to raise the precept, please click here.  

 

2018/19
£'s

POLICING PRECEPT CONTRIBUTIONS

(PROPERTY TYPE)

2019/20
£'s

 

 

 

137.72

Band A

153.72

160.67

Band B

179.34

183.63

Band C

204.96

206.58

  Band D*

230.58

252.49

Band E

281.82

298.39

Band F

333.06

344.30

Band G

384.30

413.16

Band H

461.16

 

2018/19

WHERE THE MONEY COMES FROM

2019/20

£000’s

 

£000’s

65,668

Formula Funding Government Grants

66,881

2,233

Specific Government Grants

3,089

5,238

PFI specific grant

5,237

4,001

Income generated by Dorset Police

4,076

3,729

Other grants, reimbursements and contributions

3,623

2,339

Contribution from Reserves

1,146

841

Council Tax collection fund surplus

951

59,006

Council Tax requirement

66,836

143,055

Total funding and income

151,839

 

2018/19

WHERE THE MONEY IS SPENT

 2019/20

£000’s

Dorset Police

£000’s

109,143

Dorset Police employees

113,345

4,658

Premises

5,076

8,025

PFI building costs

8,219

2,180

Transport

2,285

9,957

Supplies and Services

12,245

4,559

Specialist Police Support Services

5,442

1,359

Capital Financing Costs

1,754

139,881

Total Dorset Police expenditure

148,366

 

Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner (OPCC)

 

1,278

Employees and office costs

1,072

1,896

Commissioned services

2,401

3,174

Total OPCC expenditure

3,473

 

 

 

143,055

Gross Expenditure

151,839

 

  

   COUNCIL TAX REQUIREMENT

 
 

£000’s

2018/19 Council Tax Requirement

59,006

2019/20 Council Tax Requirement

66,836

Increase in Council Tax Requirement

7,830

 

WHY THE COUNCIL TAX REQUIREMENT HAS INCREASED IN 2019/20

 

£000’s

Pay and price inflation

3,314

Pension changes

2,255

Service developments and improvements

1,774

Changes in Government grants and other income

908

Capital projects financing

535

Savings, reductions and re-investment (net)

(956)

 Total

7,830

 

2018/19
FTE

                                        EMPLOYEE NUMBERS

2019/20
FTE

1,201

Police Officers

1,200

1,097

Police staff, including Police Community Support Officers

1,120

273

Special Constables / Volunteers

278

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

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