Elford Village

Police and Fire Commissioner Survey

Please take part in a consultation to provide feedback on how much you would be prepared to pay for policing and fire & rescue services in the region.

 

Funding for the services is made up of a mix of central government grants, combined with the ‘precept’ – the contribution residents make as part of their annual council tax.

 

The Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner is responsible for setting the budget for Staffordshire Police, and Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service, including the amount of council tax used for both services.

 

Budgeting for the coming year is challenging because of uncertainty related to Covid-19, inflation and the likelihood of pay increases. Government is proposing a three-year grant settlement this year, which helps financial planning in these difficult times.

 

As part of setting the budget I require the services, and my office, to consider where they can make savings and I will consider all options, such as making better use of technology or sharing buildings. I will always try to keep your council tax low and I will only ask for more if I believe it is necessary to maintain or improve the services we receive.

 

This coming year, I believe some additional investment is required to protect our services in these uncertain times and a little more will help our new Chief Constable and Chief Fire Officer to implement the local plans sooner and keep us safe.

 

I would therefore welcome your thoughts on these options.

 

The council tax consultation runs until 11 January 2022.

 

You can have your say here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/precept22-23

 

Ben Adams

 

Staffordshire Commissioner for Police, Fire & Rescue and Crime