Police and Crime Commissioner Funding Request
Merseyside's Police Commissioner is asking local people if they
would be willing to pay a little extra to help protect police
officer numbers and recruit new armed officers after the government
sidestepped its responsibility to invest in the police service.
After seven years of austerity, the Government announced in
December that the police would, once again, receive no more new
money from the Home Office to tackle crime in Merseyside.
Since 2010, Merseyside Police has had to make cuts of £103m,
with an estimated £18m still to make by 2021/22.
Commissioner, Jane Kennedy said: "The sad truth is that this
government has once again left police forces around the country
facing a funding black hole. They have washed their hands of their
responsibility and instead are shifting the burden of paying for
the police on to the shoulders of local council taxpayers.
This is a step which I am reluctant to take, however, if I don't
raise the policing element of local council tax then Merseyside
Police will be penalised and our communities adversely
If the Commissioner, Jane Kennedy, does not win the support of
local people, Merseyside Police will be left facing a further
shortfall of more than £3.17m - the equivalent of 64 police officer
The Commissioner is now holding a region-wide consultation
asking people if they would be willing to contribute the extra
funding expected by central government to make up for the shortfall
and help her to limit the impact of the ongoing cuts.
The increase equates to approximately 15p a week or £8 a year
for a Band A household.
People are invited to have their say through a short online
www.merseysidepcc.info by Sunday 4th February.
The Commissioner will also be holding a series of road shows
throughout Merseyside to ask people for their views.
St Helens: Friday 26th January 14:00 - 16:00hrs, at
Asda, Kirkland Street.
See more on the PCC's website www.merseysidepcc.info