Warwickshire Police Commissioner launches police budget consultation
- Monday, 11 January 2016 20:45
Warwickshire PCC launches police precept consultation
Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Ball wants to hear your views as he considers setting the police budget for 2016/17. He is asking all members of the public if they are willing to contribute around a penny a day extra in order to maintain frontline policing levels.
In November, the Government announced plans in its Comprehensive Spending Review to keep policing budgets at current levels during the life of this Parliament. As has now been made clear by the Home Secretary in a letter to PCCs, the only way that police funding will remain at the same level will be if the police precept – the small portion of each council tax bill that pays for policing – is raised by the maximum permitted amount of 1.99% each year by every PCC. Without this, Government resource funding to policing will actually be reduced by 1.3% in real terms over four years.
If the current police precept rate was frozen, Warwickshire Police would lose around £0.709 million next year and £0.709 million in each subsequent year, resulting in a financial gap of around £2.836 million by 2020. This would have a significant impact on frontline policing and could reverse the recent efforts which have seen the proportion of officers on the frontline increase to 95 percent, which is above the national average.
As a result, the Commissioner is proposing that the police precept is raised by 1.99% next year - equivalent to 31p per month or £3.75 per year on average for a Band D property – less than the price of a coffee and a cake at a leading high street coffee shop.
You can find more detail and give your feedback on this proposal by completing an online survey, which asks the simple question:
“Are you willing to spend an extra 31p per month for an average Band D property in order to maintain frontline policing levels?”
For more information and to take part in the consultation online, please visit: www.warwickshire-pcc.gov.uk/preceptsurvey Alternatively, you can:
- Email email@example.com and stating ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to the question, plus any other supporting comments.
- Or write to Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner, 3 Northgate Street, Warwick CV34 4SP, again indicating whether you wish to answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to the question and including any other supporting comments.
The consultation will close at midday on Monday, 18 January 2016.
Half-Term Childrens Sports
- Thursday, 07 January 2016 19:16
Post Christmas recycling
- Wednesday, 06 January 2016 22:51
Christmas tree recycling
You can place your real Christmas tree next to your green bin for collection, or take it to a Christmas tree recycling point at any time throughout January 2016
For more information on recycling after Christmas, including things like wrapping paper, Christmas cards etc, visit the Warwick District Council website for details:
- Wednesday, 06 January 2016 22:39
We have been made aware of another telephone scam that is currently doing the rounds. Please be aware, and don't give out any personal or financial details if you experience anything like this:
"Received a phone call from BT, informing me that he was disconnecting me because of an unpaid bill.. He demanded payment immediately of £31.00 or it would be £ ...118.00 to re-connect at a later date. The guy wasn't even fazed when I told him I was with Virgin Media, allegedly VM have to pay BT a percentage for line rental! I asked the guy's name - he gave me the very 'English' John Peacock with a very 'African' accent - & phone number -0800 0800 152. Obviously the fellow realized I didn't believe his story, so offered to demonstrate that he was from BT. I asked how & he told me to hang up & try phoning someone - he would disconnect my phone to prevent this. AND HE DID !! My phone was dead - no engaged tone, nothing - until he phoned me again. Very pleased with himself, he asked if that was enough proof that he was with BT. I asked how the payment was to be made & he said credit card, there & then. I said that I didn't know how he'd done it, but I had absolutely no intention of paying him, I didn't believe his name or that he worked for BT. He hung up. I dialed 1471 -number withheld I phoned his fictitious 0800 number - not recognized. So I phoned the police to let them know. I wasn't the first! It's only just started apparently, but it is escalating. Their advice was to let as many people as possible know of this scam. The fact that the phone does go off would probably convince some people it's real, so please make as many friends & family aware of this. How is it done? This is good but not that clever. He gave the wrong number - it should have been 0800 800 152 which takes you through to BT Business. The cutting off of the line is very simple, he stays on the line with the mute button on and you can't dial out - but he can hear you trying. (This is because the person who initiates a call is the one to terminate it). When you stop trying he cuts off and immediately calls back. You could almost be convinced! The sad thing is that it is so simple that it will certainly fool many. By the way this is not about getting the cash as this would not get past merchant services - it is all about getting the credit card details which include the security number, to be used for larger purchases."