Mark Burns-Williamson OBE - West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner
As your Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) I want to make sure our communities are safe and feel safe.
This next year I have set a budget to recruit hundreds more Police Officers and maintain your Police and Community Support Officers (PCSOs) to protect frontline policing. That will mean a slight rise in the police element of Council Tax of around £4 a year, or 8 pence a week, for most tax payers. This represents an increase of 3.43% percent overall.
I asked people across West Yorkshire about increasing the police element of Council Tax and 77 per cent of people that responded told me they would support the increase to protect frontline policing by continued key recruitment of police officers and staff.
With this increase, along with other ongoing efficiencies and savings, we can now recruit around 500 police officers (200 additional, the rest to cover those expected to retire) and protect current PCSO numbers at over 550.
Government cuts of more than £140m have seen police officer numbers drop by over 2,000 since 2010. Last year, with help from our communities in West Yorkshire, I was able to set a budget to begin to rebuild the number of police officers and protect PCSO numbers. The rise in council tax this year, still makes us one of the lowest police Council Taxes in England and Wales, and will enable us to continue to rebuild and protect crucial policing resources here in West Yorkshire.
There will be a 3.43 per cent increase to the annual police council tax
For more information on the West Yorkshire Police Authority's financial information including where the money comes from and what the money is spent on, please find a downloadable PDF in the related documents section of this page.
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