Commissioner brings budget survey to residents in Widnes
Published: 19 January 2022
Yesterday, Tuesday 18 January, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire John Dwyer held a public consultation event in Widnes to talk to people about his ‘Your Police Budget 2022/23’ survey
The Commissioner held a stall outside Morrisons in Widnes to speak to residents about the police budget, which proposes an extra 120 officers for the county alongside 63 extra frontline support staff, including in the call centre. There will also be an increased focus on road safety and tackling anti-social behaviour.
John Dwyer, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire said:
“It’s vital for me to hear from the public about their priorities and how they want their police service to be funded in order to deliver them.
“I know that the cost of living is an issue for people and that view was expressed in my Autumn Survey last year, which received nearly 19,000 responses. In the same survey, people indicated they were willing to pay more via their local council tax. That’s why I’m keen to stress that this proposed increase is below the current rate of inflation, but will also enable the Constabulary to deliver what people want, including the highest number of officers Cheshire has ever had on its current boundaries.
“I want to thank everyone who took the time out of their day to speak to me and share their views. I will collate the feedback and present my final recommendation to the Police and Crime Panel towards the end of this month.”
The Commissioner has the responsibility of consulting with the public on the policing precept part of council tax, which pays for the service provided by Cheshire Constabulary. In the 2021/22 financial year, over 40% of Cheshire’s police budget came from council tax.