The policing precept is the amount you contribute to local policing through your council tax bill. Most of the money for funding police – about 80% - comes from a central Government grant. But the Government has cut this by £250m since 2010, which has seen the loss of 2,000 police officers and 1,000 non-police staff.
This year, the police grant included an additional £15m for Greater Manchester Police. However, whilst Ministers badged this as an investment in local policing, this money will merely cover the police pension shortfall - an additional financial burden caused by the Treasury moving the goalposts on how it calculates pension contributions.
The Government also said that local areas could increase the police precept by £24 for Band D properties. For Greater Manchester this will cost Band D residents 46p per week, and just 36p for Band B residents.
This precept increase will raise £18m. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor Bev Hughes have pledged to use this to:
How much will you pay?
The amount of council tax you will pay to fund Greater Manchester Police depends on the rateable value of your property – known as your tax band.
Income and expenditure – a comparison
The 2019/20 overall precept requirement is £148,765,398. A comparison of expenditure and income for 2018/19 and 2019/20 is as follows:
|Total Employee Related||£504.45||£536.93||£32.47|
|Supplies & Services||£55.96||£66.96||£11.00|
|Transfer to/from Reserves||-£11.92||-£2.77||£9.16|
|Income & Sponsorship||-£34.84||-£35.56||-£0.72|
|Net Budget Requirement||£558.86||£595.65||£36.80|
|Home Office Grant/RSG/NNDR||-£428.02||-£443.07||-£15.05|
|Precept/ CT Surplus||-£130.84||-£152.58||-£21.74|
|Surplus / Shortfall||£0.00||£0.00||£0.00|