Have your say on police funding in Gwent
As Police and Crime Commissioner it is my duty to set the annual council tax precept, that is the money residents pay towards policing each month. Almost 50 per cent of Gwent Police’s overall budget now comes from local council taxpayers.
To make this decision I must take into account the amount of money that the Chief Constable says Gwent Police needs to operate an efficient and effective service, and balance it with affordability for local residents. This year, in the middle of a pandemic where many people have lost their jobs and livelihoods, it is an incredibly difficult one. However, this pandemic has also shown just how incredibly important policing is to protect and reassure our communities.
Find out more about Police and Crime Commissioner Jeff Cuthbert and his role and responsibilities.
The future financial position for policing remains challenging.
Despite recent investment from the UK Government in extra officers and equipment, Gwent Police has had significant cuts in Government funding since 2010. It has had to make almost £50 million in savings and must save a further £5 million by 2024.
During this time the daily demands on policing have continued, and will continue, to grow.
Last year, the following budgets were set for policing services. This illustrates how the policing budget is spent.
Our medium-term financial plan tells us that a rise in the council tax precept of up to £2 a month for an average band D property is needed for Gwent Police to maintain current service levels for the 2021/22 financial year.
This would allow Gwent Police to maintain current police officer levels of 1,323, and also maintain previous investment in priority areas such as neighbourhood policing, child protection, hate crime, domestic abuse, rape, sexual assault, and serious and organised crime.
It will also support the UK Government’s investment through Operation Uplift, which will see an additional 160 officers join Gwent Police by the end of 2022.
Have your say
Listening to the people of Gwent is incredibly important to me and before I make any decisions on Gwent Police’s budget for 2021/22 I want to hear your views.
Please take some time to complete the survey below and have your say.
Other formats of the survey are available on request from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01633 642200.