Have your say on police funding in Gwent 2023-24

Introduction

As Police and Crime Commissioner it is my duty to set the annual council tax precept, which is the money residents pay towards policing each month. Almost 40 per cent of Gwent Police’s overall budget of £173 million now comes from local council tax.

To make this decision, I must take into account:
• The amount of money that the Chief Constable says Gwent Police need to operate an efficient and effective service;
• The final financial settlement from the UK Government for the year;
• The levels of specific funding from the Welsh Government and the Ministry of Justice, along with other income that I can raise locally; and
• The affordability for local residents.
This is always a difficult decision to make and this year, in the middle of a cost of living crisis, it is harder than ever.

We will not now how much money to UK Government will give policing until December and I will continue to lobby the Home Office to provide more funding for policing to meet the exceptional costs we now face to maintain service delivery. But decisions must be taken about Gwent Police’s immediate financial future and before I make any decisions on Gwent Police’s budget for 2023/24, I want to hear your views.

Take some time to read the information below, complete the survey and have your say.

Background

Continuing economic uncertainty, particularly in relation to funding for public services, means that the future financial position for policing remains uncertain and extremely challenging. Daily demands are growing, costs are rising, and the money available to protect communities is shrinking.

Gwent Police has had significant ‘real term’ cuts in Government funding since 2010. It has had to make almost £52.8 million in savings and must save between £19.8 to £25.8 million by 2027, based upon differing funding scenarios.

Our medium-term financial plan, based upon expected Home Office funding and the delivery of further efficiency schemes, tells us that a rise in the council tax precept of at least £25 per year for an average band D property is needed for Gwent Police to attempt to maintain current service levels for the 2023/24 financial year and beyond.

This investment would assist Gwent Police to continue with its current police officer and police staff levels and maintain previous investment in priority areas, including the creations of an additional 10 Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) posts to work in our communities. This is part of an ongoing plan to invest in PCSOs, growing numbers from 172 to 222 over the next five to seven years, based on feedback on the crucial role the PCSOs play.

Have your say

Please take some time to complete this short survey and have your say before Sunday 9 January.

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Other formats of the survey are available on request from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s office by emailing commissioner@gwent.pnn.police.uk or calling 01633 642200.