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Posted 16/10/2015

POLICE AND CRIME COMMISSIONER'S BUDGET SETTING SURVEY

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire is currently consulting with members of the public and local businesses regarding a possible rise in council tax to help fund the Constabulary next year.  We are very keen to gather the views of local business owners and I have been advised that you may be able to assist in facilitating this for the Police and Crime Commissioner?

Like all public sector organisations, Gloucestershire Police have made big cuts in recent years – around £25m since 2011 and further cuts of a similar magnitude are on the horizon.  The police are not asking to be a special case but the range of crimes they now have to deal with is wider than ever and it’s the job of the police to protect the public from these and many other things.

If the police portion of the council tax stays the same, it will mean they will likely have to save a further £13m over the next three years which would almost certainly result in the loss of a large number of officers and staff. A 2% increase in council tax would reduce the figure to £10m and mean fewer officers would be lost at the cost to an average band D householder of around an extra £4 per year or less than 8 pence per week.

The Police and Crime Commissioner would like to invite businesses and employees who are residents of Gloucestershire, the opportunity to provide their valuable feedback about the possible rise in the policing part of the council tax. The feedback received will be used to inform the decision making behind the possible increase of council tax.

If you feel that this is something that you are able to assist with, I would be really grateful if you could share the survey link below with your local business contacts.  Alternatively, if you would like more information, you may either reply to this email, or contact the Research Team on 01452 754387.

The survey takes approximately 5 minutes to complete.

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire is currently consulting with members of the public and local businesses regarding a possible rise in council tax to help fund the Constabulary next year.  We are very keen to gather the views of local business owners and I have been advised that you may be able to assist in facilitating this for the Police and Crime Commissioner?

Like all public sector organisations, Gloucestershire Police have made big cuts in recent years – around £25m since 2011 and further cuts of a similar magnitude are on the horizon.  The police are not asking to be a special case but the range of crimes they now have to deal with is wider than ever and it’s the job of the police to protect the public from these and many other things.

If the police portion of the council tax stays the same, it will mean they will likely have to save a further £13m over the next three years which would almost certainly result in the loss of a large number of officers and staff. A 2% increase in council tax would reduce the figure to £10m and mean fewer officers would be lost at the cost to an average band D householder of around an extra £4 per year or less than 8 pence per week.

The Police and Crime Commissioner would like to invite businesses and employees who are residents of Gloucestershire, the opportunity to provide their valuable feedback about the possible rise in the policing part of the council tax. The feedback received will be used to inform the decision making behind the possible increase of council tax.

If you feel that this is something that you are able to assist with, I would be really grateful if you could share the survey link below with your local business contacts.  Alternatively, if you would like more information, you may either reply to this email, or contact the Research Team on 01452 754387.

The survey takes approximately 5 minutes to complete.

Police and Crime Commissioner's Budget Setting Survey

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