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 extension consultation and after considering levels of Central Government funding for 2023/24 the PCC agreed the budget and set the precept (policing element of Council Tax) on 4th February 2023.
The PCC launched an on-line survey on the 3rd December 2022 which closed at midnight on the 16th January 2023. It was publicised using social media, releases to local media outlets and the PCC website, along with some meetings with MP’s and AAP/ councillors.
The survey asked respondents about how much they would accept to pay extra for the provision of its policing service. In addition to questions relating to precept tax levels, the survey also asked respondents for their views on priorities within the Police and Crime Plan.
There was a total of 1,204 responses.
Before formalising the precept the PCC presented it to the Police and Crime Panel.
The Police and Crime Panel gave overall support for an increase, with the clear need to support Policing beyond the constraints of Uplift funding, the Panel recommended the increase in precept of £15 per household per year for Band D properties.
The following table summarises 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 2024