North Yorkshire’s Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, Zoë Metcalfe, is asking how much you think should be invested in local policing and fire and rescue services from your council tax bills from April next year – or the precept as it is termed
One of roles of a PFCC, required by law, is to set the police and fire precepts – the amounts dedicated to policing and fire and rescue services in North Yorkshire from every household.
Last year, due to the impact of the lockdowns on the local economy, the then Commissioner determined to only increase the precept by 1.99% or £5.29, rather than the maximum permitted increase of £15 (which would have been 5.66% in North Yorkshire). This raised approximately £3million less than the full permitted increase would have raised (£1.6m versus £4.5m).
This year the precept cap for policing has been set at a maximum £10 increase. The Commissioner will wait to see the outcome of this consultation before determining whether or not the precept will be increased for next year.
As part of Zoë Metcalfe’s commitment to ensure everyone has the chance to have their say before the amounts are decided, she wants to know your views as part of a consultation. She will then make her proposals to the Police, Fire and Crime Panel in February.
The survey opens today, Monday 13 December, and runs until Thursday 13 January at www.tellCommissionerZoe.co.uk
One of my first duties will be to set the precepts for North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, something every Commissioner has to do every year.
It is never easy asking for more money, and I know that many individuals and families are facing financial pressures, so it is important you tell me how much you are prepared to invest in our emergency services so they can keep communities safe and feeling safe.
Please go online, take just a few minutes to have your say and I will ensure your views are reflected when decisions are made.