Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Panel agree precept increase to enable plans to re-invest in CCTV and lead to improvements in HMIC gradings

31-Jan-2017

Police & Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn said: “My decision to ask for an increase in the amount of money our communities pay towards policing was not made lightly.”

“The precept agreed by the Police & Crime Panel equates to an additional 27p per week, per household for an average band D property. This band D tax will be at a level that is 6.9% higher than the 2016/17 level and is 1.55% higher than the 2014/15 level.

“This increase in budget will enable me to move ahead with my plans to re-invest in CCTV across the counties, as well as enhance the service provided to our most rural communities. It will also go towards implementing required improvements in order to improve the HMIC grading’s for the force, a significant challenge but a priority for myself and the Chief Constable.”

“The consultation I undertook at the end of last year confirmed that our communities are willing to pay more for policing.  The majority suggested they were in support of an increase of up to 5%, with some willing to go to 10%.”

“I am very aware of financial demands our communities face and have done my best to keep the increase to a minimum.   Today’s increase means that the communities served by Dyfed-Powys Police continue to pay the least for their local policing, when compared to the other Welsh forces.”

“In light of a freeze on precept last year, a cut of 5% in the previous year and the continuation of cuts to police budgets nationally, no increase was not an option. And I will use every penny of this increase to ensure that we continue to do everything possible to keep our communities safe.”

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  1. John Lewis says:

    What a load of spin.
    You compare the precept with 2016/17 and 2014/15 but leave out 2015/16.
    You claim proudly it is still the cheapest policing in Wales. That is due solely to your predecessor bearing down on the precept.
    What is the point of showing the graph, it doesn’t include the impact of next year’s rise of 6.9% in the precept.
    Sophistry but a very poor attempt at it!

    • Hannah Hyde says:

      Thank you very much for taking the time to comment on this article. I take on board your views, diolch.

      I did not include the data for 2015/16 in the comparison as it was the same as 2014/15, as the Police Precept was frozen.

      I should have considered the 2017/18 data on the graph. Communities served by Dyfed-Powys Police will continue to pay the least in Wales for their local policing. Whilst I acknowledge that decisions taken by the previous Commissioner helped keep the level low, the fact is that £3million pounds was taken from reserves to support the 2016/17 budget and maintain the Precept level. I feel this is unsustainable.

      The following figures detail what the average Band D Council Tax payers across Wales will pay for 2017/18. It shows that communities served by Dyfed-Powys Police are continuing to pay the least for their local policing during 2017/18 within Wales:
      Dyfed-Powys £213.87
      North Wales £249.21
      South Wales £218.24
      Gwent £228.84

      Thank you again for your comment.
      Cofion,
      Dafydd

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