Police and Crime Commissioner Michael Lane says: “It is really good news to have the Government’s announcement of the 2020/21 Police Settlement figures approved today. These are essential to the planning to keep our communities SAFER for the coming year and to ensure I can set an appropriate council tax in time and after consulting the public.
“In the settlement, the Government has delivered on the uplift promise for the coming year and that will deliver for Hampshire Constabulary an additional 156 officers to add to the 210 that were funded and have been recruited from the council tax increase last year. Together these uplifts in police numbers will continue a journey begun last year to greater effectiveness and visibility of policing in our area.
“I am also delighted that the settlement includes the anticipated continuance of the extra funding in our area to address serious and violent crime. We have already begun this year and built excellent partnerships with the upper-tier authorities and gained recognition with our partners in Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton of the value of working together and being able to tune a shared approach to maximise local benefit to address these most damaging of crimes and behaviours.
“As PCC, I am also pleased to see recognition of the need to prioritise crime prevention and reduction – with more to be done to define best practice.
“Government, as it should, also describes the need for improving effectiveness and efficiency in delivery. In my area, even with stretched funding over recent years, this is hardwired into the approaches and my challenges to the Chief Constable. A Good Force, which we have and I am proud of, should not be afraid of this challenge and I don’t believe they will be. We already have many examples of creating leading approaches and best practice.
“This is a key announcement, with its inclusion of the opportunity to set a maximum increase of council tax of £10 or 83p per month for a Band D property. It now enables me to formally consult on my council tax intentions for this year, building on the continuous surveys that I have conducted over the last 24 months to set a longer term approach. Last year, I made it clear that sustaining improvement in local policing would require a further increase. This year’s survey is available now and asks one question:
Would you be willing to pay this increase of £10 per year – equivalent to 83p per month – for a Band D Property?
The survey is now closed. Tell the PCC your top three policing priorities.