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What you pay for in your council tax towards policing

Under the terms of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011, Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) must set the force budget and determine the precept.

It is the role of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) to make sure the Constabulary has the necessary resources to meet increased demand and ensure offenders are apprehended.

With the population in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough set to rise by 20% by 2031 and the changing nature of criminality, it is vital that our police service is as effective and efficient as possible.

How the budget works:

The income received by the Police and Crime Commissioner to fund the police budget is made up by a central government grant (54%) with the remainder coming from the precept.

The central government grant for 2020/21 includes an expectation that Police and Crime Commissioners will increase the precept by £10 per year (for Band D homeowners).

The government funding settlement is also dependent on an additional 62 officers being recruited by the Constabulary by March 2021. The 62 officers will be the first year allocation from the government’s national 20,000 new officer (Uplift) programme.

The Constabulary continues to be one of the lowest funded police forces in the country in terms of funding per head of population, resulting in a constant risk of under resourced policing services.

The Commissioner allocates the vast majority of the funding that he receives directly to the Chief Constable for policing services.

Of that funding for 2020/21, the Commissioner has allocated 99% to the Chief Constable to deliver policing services. The remaining 1% has been retained by the Commissioner to deliver the statutory responsibilities that his office has.

Whilst Cambridgeshire is still a safe place to live, police now have to spend more time tackling ‘hidden crimes’ such as domestic abuse, child sexual exploitation and modern day slavery. They also spend time helping people who find themselves in mental health crisis, all of which means resources can be stretched.

The policing part of council tax will be increased by 83p per month per Band D household this year (or £10 per year) and comes into force from 1st April 2020.


















The government funding settlement together with the precept increase is a great opportunity to ensure the Constabulary is properly equipped to keep the growing population of Cambridgeshire safe.