It is the responsibility of the Durham Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) 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 72% 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 grant received by Durham (from the Government) in 2020/21 is £95,477,000.
Following extensive consultation and after considering the levels of Central Government funding for 2021-22 the PCC agreed his budget and set the precept (policing element of the Council Tax) on 04 February 2021.
The consultation ran for four weeks in January 2021 and was available both online through the PCC website and promoted through social media channels, as promoted in the local press. The consultation was also circulated to partners for onward cascade and circulation.
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 & Crime Panel and their report & our response is available on the Police & Crime Panel Page.
The following table summarises the what the Council Tax increase will mean for households in County Durham and Darlington:
* 55% of households in County Durham and Darlington are classed as Band A
** Nationally, a typical property is classed as Band D.
The PCC has to present the draft precept to the Police and Crime Panel, and respond to the panels report.PCC’s response to the letter.