It is the Police and Crime Commissioner’s responsibility to set the level of council tax you pay towards policing, known as the precept.
The Police and Crime Commissioner has consulted with Surrey tax-payers on how much the public would be willing to pay to support Surrey Police in the coming year (2022-23) through the precept which is collected as part of your council tax bill. Results of the survey promoted by the Commissioner between December 2021 and January 2022 will be shared here soon.
The Commissioner’s overall budget for policing is made up of 45% funding from central Government and 55% from local council tax. Surrey receives one of the lowest grants for policing in the country, which the Commissioner is working with the Government to address.
What has been achieved?
Combined with Surrey Police’s share of extra officers from the government’s uplift programme, last year’s increase in the policing element of the council tax meant the Force were able to add 150 officer and operational staff to their ranks.
Over the last year, this uplift has been added to neighbourhood policing teams, enhanced the response to rural crime and delivered more detectives to investigate crime.
This also helped retain vital support staff without whom that work would have to be done by police officers, helped fight online fraud and ensured better overall crime prevention. These include:
- Neighbourhood Investigative Officers
- Digital contact staff
- Intelligence gathering and research analysts
Surrey Police has delivered savings of £10.4m over the last three years, and will need to achieve estimated future savings of £14.5m over the next three years.
- Watch a short video from Chief Constable Gavin Stephens on the ways you’re council tax has made a difference in 2021/22
- See more information on the policing element of your council tax in 2021/22 here
What will we do?
In the current financial climate, all public services are facing a significant rise in costs. Policing is no exception which means that to sustain the current position, an increase of some kind will be necessary. In addition to rising costs, policing has seen an increase in demand for services, with more requests for assistance than pre-pandemic levels and an increase in crimes that are more complex to investigate, such as domestic abuse and child exploitation.
The Government has given PCCs the flexibility to increase the precept by an average of £10 a year, which amounts to 83p a month (both figures based on a Band D property).
In 2022/23 we will add approximately 70 additional Surrey Police officers through the Government Uplift programme. An increase of 83p will allow Surrey Police to meet rising costs in terms of pay and inflation, and support the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Surrey Police to deliver on the priorities identified by the Surrey public in the Police and Crime Plan 2021-25.
How much will I pay?
The tables below show the indicative total annual amount you would pay for Policing within your Council Tax for 2022/23 based on the maximum permitted increase of 83p per month for a Band D property.
Police and Crime Plan for Surrey 2021-25
The Police and Crime Plan outlines the areas that Surrey Police will focus on, and the key areas of performance that will be monitored in regular meetings with the Chief Constable.
The priorities of the Police and Crime Plan for Surrey are:
- Reducing violence against Women and Girls
- Protecting people from harm in Surrey
- Working with Surrey communities so that they feel safe
- Strengthening relationships between Surrey Police and Surrey residents
- Ensuring safer Surrey roads
The Commissioner will now meet with the Chief Constable to form a proposal for the level of precept that Surrey residents will pay, informed by the results of the public consultation and operational demand on Surrey Police.
The Commissioner will make this proposal to Surrey’s Police and Crime Panel who will conduct a vote on the amount proposed. The meeting of the Police and Crime Panel will be held on 4th February 2022.
A link to the public webcast of the meeting will be shared on our social media channels and this website before the meeting.