The Mayor of West Yorkshire is responsible for setting the annual budget for West Yorkshire Police. This includes agreeing the local ‘police precept’ – the part of the Council Tax that helps to fund local policing.
Every part of the country relies on funding gathered through Council Tax payments to support their local police force. The cost of the police precept in West Yorkshire is the fourth lowest in England and Wales, but it still provides 28% of West Yorkshire Police’s total net annual budget, with almost all of the remainder coming from central government funding.
Since 2010, core government funding provided to West Yorkshire Police has been cut by 17% and the Mayor has written to the Home Office calling for sustainable funding. She has also written to the Government to ask for additional funding to freeze the level of the precept. In both cases, the Government has not offered support.
A public consultation is now taking place asking for views on the precept level.
You can have your say at www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/WYCA02.
The survey will run until midnight on 15 January 2023. Residents are encouraged to take part in our consultation and have their say.
You can also discuss your views in a series of upcoming focus groups taking place in person across West Yorkshire week commencing 9 January 2023. The West Yorkshire Combined Authority will also be hosting an online focus group and would like the groups to be as inclusive as possible.
To find out more about the groups and how to register to attend, visit www.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/policing-and-crime/police-precept-consultation. You must register to take part in a focus group by 6 January 2023.
This post is based on a press release issued by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority
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