Budget and Council Tax Summary 2019-20
It is the responsibility of the,Durham Police, Crime and Victims' Commissioner (PCVC) 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 PCVC 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 grant received by Durham (from the Government) in 2019/20 is £87,577,000.
Consulting with residents
Following extensive consultation and after considering the levels of Central Government funding for 2019-20, the PCVC agreed his budget and set the precept (policing element of the Council Tax) on 01 February 2019.
The consultation ran for four weeks in January 2019 and was available both online through the PCVC website and promoted through social media channels, as promoted in the local press and public meetings, with hard copies being made available from the PCVC office. The consultation was also circulated to partners including Elected Members, the County Durham Partnership, the Darlington Partnership, two public meetings in Darlington, 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.
Before formalising the precept the PCC presents it to the Police and Crime Panel. Their report and and the PCVC's response is available on the Police and Crime Panel Page here.
How much will households pay in 2019-20?
The following table summarises the what the Council Tax increase will mean for households in County Durham and Darlington:
Cost per household:
| ||Council Tax 2018-19||Council Tax 2019-20 ||Increase Per Year ||Increase Per Week |
|Band A *
|Band D **
* 55% of households in County Durham and Darlington are classed as Band A.
** Nationally, a typical property is classed as Band D.
How your money is spent and how your police force is performing
The PCC has to present the draft precept to the Police and Crime Panel, and respond to the panels report. The report and the PCVC's response is available on the Police and Crime Panel Page here.