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Council Tax

Budget and Council Tax Summary 2016-17loose-change



It is the Police and Crime Commissioner's (PCC's) responsibility to secure an efficient and effective police force for the area. This includes setting the budget for the police force.   The Government only provides around 75% of the funding necessary to run the force, and the rest is raised through part of Council Tax, known as the Policing Precept.

The PCC is responsible for setting the level of the precept each year, after consulting with residents. Like the rest of Council Tax, how much residents pay depends upon the value of their home. 

The total provisional grant received by Durham (from the Government) in 2016-17 is £85,782,390, which is £457,127 less than in 2015-16.


Consulting with residents

Following extensive consultation and after considering the levels of Central Government funding for 2016-17, the PCC agreed his budget and set the precept (policing element of the Council Tax) on 24 February 2016.

The consultation ran from 11 January 2016 until 27 January 2016 and was available both online through the PCC website and heavily promoted through social media channels, as promoted in the local press and public meetings, with hard copies being made available from the PCC office.  The consultation was also widely circulated to partners including Elected Members, the County Durham Partnership, the Darlington Partnership, the Community Safety Partnerships, the Local Criminal Justice Board, Town and Parish Councils, Area Action Partnerships (AAPs), the Voluntary and Community Sector, and others, for onward cascade and circulation.


How much will households pay in 2016-17?

The following tables summarise the budget and indicate what the Council Tax increase will mean for households in County Durham and Darlington:

 Cost per household:



How your money is spent and how your police force is performing


Downloading this information

The financial information provided on this page is available to download as a leaflet by clickling on the following link:


Further information


Previous leaflets


Contact Us

Should you have any enquiries or need further information, please contact the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner by telephone: 03000 264631 or by email: enquiries@durham-pcc.gov.uk.


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