Dyfed-Powys Police have launched a public consultation on police funding and would like your assistance. They have written the following to the Town Council:
“As you will already be aware, local policing is funded from a Home Office grant, as well as contributions from the public via the Council Tax, known as the police precept. Decisions made in recent years have resulted in less money being available to deliver vital services for our communities, and with the continued threats of cuts from central government alongside the recently announced review of the funding formula it is a critical time for Police funding. I firmly believe that the public should have a strong voice in the decision to make changes to the public’s contribution through the Council Tax and that once agreed, the impact is clearly explained. Funding decisions must be translated into impact on services, and if the budget is cut, the public must realise what might be lost. On the other hand, if the decision is to increase the contributions, it is important that the public feel that they are getting value for money and a tangible benefit from the increase. I look forward to hearing the public’s opinion on this critical issue. The questions I would like to seek the public’s views on are included on the survey at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SZ9956P
The survey also includes detail on the impact that various changes to the police precept would have both on the public’s purse, but also on the overall policing budget. If you would like to receive a hard copy of the survey, please contact my office. The survey opened on 24/11/2017 and ends on the 15/12/2017.”
This is a chance to make your views known so please take a few minutes to complete the survey.