West Yorkshire residents urged to take part in Funding Our Police Survey (22 Jan 2018)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson is urging residents across the region to have their say about funding for West Yorkshire Police.

Answers to the Funding Our Police consultation will help inform decisions around the police budget which is partly funded by the policing element of the council tax - known as the precept.

An additional 1% increase to the precept to a Band D household would be £1.51, 2% would be £3.02, 5% would be £7.55 and 10% would be £15.09.

Mr Burns-Williamson said: "As your PCC I can increase the policing element of the council tax to raise additional funds for policing to mitigate the impact of the cuts and keep West Yorkshire safe and feeling safe. However, before I make any decisions, I want to know what you think.

"Since 2010, we have had a budget cut of £140m and the loss of around 2000 police officers and staff.

"The pressure this has put the police under as forces like ours try to protect frontline policing and find efficiencies elsewhere is significant and whilst I don't want to unduly worry our communities, we do need to ensure our police service remains sustainable.

"That includes looking at the policing element of the council tax and seeking your views. The extra money would go towards ensuring we are protecting our police officer numbers and increase the resilience within the service and Neighbourhood Policing Teams."

The link to the survey is http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/funding-our-police/.

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