Dear Cheshire residents and businesses,
As part of their annual police funding announcement in December 2018, the Government indicated that Cheshire Constabulary would receive funding to cover unavoidable pressures on policing.
However, the Government expects Cheshire taxpayers to fund almost two thirds of this through an increase of the policing precept in local council tax payments.
The Government has recognised that we need more money for policing but it is putting the burden on local taxpayers. Cheshire Constabulary has made more than £60 million worth of savings since 2010 but with non-pay budgets now over stretched, we have a stark choice to either fund this locally or significantly cut policing numbers.
I am asking residents and businesses in Cheshire if they are willing to support an increase to the police precept by an extra £2 per month for an average band D household. This would help Cheshire Police to reinvest in neighbourhood policing and tackle serious and complex crime.
With increasing pressures on household budgets, I understand that this proposed Government increase to your council tax payments is a bitter pill to swallow. However, I been left with no choice but to consult on the difficult option.
I would be grateful if you could give me your views so that I can make a decision which is truly reflective of the Cheshire residents that I represent.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire