Survey on an increase in council tax to help protect operational policing is launched

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, has today launched a survey seeking public views on an increase in the police element of the council tax by £1 a month (for a band D property). 

On Tuesday 19th December the Home Secretary announced a substantial £450 million increase in police funding across England and Wales. However, this funding package assumes that all PCCs will raise the police element of council tax by £1 a month (or £12 a year) for a band D property which, collectively, will raise £270 million of the £450 million increase. This settlement will allow forces to continue to provide an effective service in their critical work to fight crime and protect the public. 

At present around 60% of Thames Valley Police’s £393 million annual policing budget is funded by central government, with the policing element of council tax making up the remainder. Since 2010/11 the police grant has been cut by around 38% in real terms which has resulted in Thames Valley Police (TVP) having to make £99 million of savings in order to balance the budget.  These cuts have already led to a manpower reduction of over 1,000 full time equivalent posts, including more than 450 police officers. 

Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner said: “Setting the budget for 2018/19 needs to be considered in the context of an already constrained financial position as well as the additional pressures policing faces as demand in some of the most complex and challenging areas continues to increase.  

“This includes rising reports and cases of hidden crimes such as domestic abuse, child abuse, sexual offences, serious violence and exploitation have all increased the pressure on police resources.  

“Needless to say this is proving to be extremely challenging and without the increase of £12 per year in council tax, as recommended by the Home Secretary, we would have to make further significant reductions in police officers and staff which will affect the level and quality of policing service we are able to offer you. 

“In November 2017 TVP was judged by the Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) to be ‘outstanding’ in the efficiency with which it keeps people safe and reduces crime. This includes an ‘outstanding’ for its understanding of demand and its use of resources to manage demand, and its planning for future demand was judged to be ‘good’. Thames Valley Police was one of only two forces nationally to have been awarded an overall rating of outstanding. 

“Ideally I would not choose to consult over the busy Christmas and New Year period and particularly on such an important issue, however, the Chief Constable and I only received the provisional police grant settlement for 2018/19 from the Home Office on Tuesday 19th December.    

“Unfortunately due to budget decisions needing to be finalised by the end of January I am only able to run the consultation until 11th January.  

“I apologise for the timing and length of the consultation period but I hope you will take the time to complete the survey which will help the Chief Constable and I to make an informed decision on the budget for 2018/19.” 

The short online survey and further background information can be found on the Thames Valley PCC website:

https://www.thamesvalley-pcc.gov.uk/get-involved/police-funding-survey-have-your-say/

 Closing Date: Midday Thursday 11th January 2018

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Third round of consultation for East West Rail Western Section Phase 2

Since our last round of consultation we have made some changes to the scope and delivery of the scheme in some areas, and will be holding a third round of public consultation to share these updates. The third round of consultation will take place from 12 January – 9 February 2018.

We will be holding a number of public events in areas where the project has changed the greatest to give local communities and local residents a chance to view our plans and talk to members of the project team about these changes.  The project team will be available at all events to answer any queries. 

These events will take place at the following venues and times: 

Location Date Time Address
Twyford 15 January 2018 10am-3pm Twyford Village Hall,

The Knob, Twyford, MK 4EG

Charndon 16 January 2018 12-8pm Charndon Community Centre, Charndon Playing Fields, Steeple Claydon Road, OX27 0BL
Winslow 17  January

2018

12-8pm Public Hall, Elmfields Gate, MK18 3JG
Newton Longville 18 January 2018 12-8pm Longueville Hall, Whaddon Road, Newton Longville, MK17 OAT
Launton 19 January

2018

12-8pm Sports and Social Club, Bicester Road, Launton, OX26 5DP

Paper copies of the consultation documents will be available from 12 January to 9 February 2018 at the following locations:

  • Aylesbury Study Centre, New County Hall, Walton Street, Aylesbury, HP20 1UU
  • Bicester Library, Franklins House, Wesley Lane, Bicester, OX26 6JU
  • Bletchley and Fenny Stratford Town Council, 76 Queensway, Bletchley, MK2 2SA
  • Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre, Station Road, Ridgmont, MK43 OXP
  • Winslow Community Library, Park Road, Winslow, ML18 3DL

Documents and  can be viewed online from 12 January at: www.networkrail.co.uk/east-west-rail Feedback can be given:

Online at: www.networkrail.co.uk/east-west-rail

Email us at:EWRconsultation@networkrail.co.uk

Write to us at FREEPOST EAST WESTRAIL CONSULTATION (no stamp needed)

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Buckingham-Winslow cycleway extension scheme – stakeholder consultation

Consultation is open for comments to the public from Wednesday 13 December 2017 until Wednesday 24 January 2018. If you have any comments please come back to us at hitmailbox@buckscc.gov.uk within this time. 

Further information about this scheme can be found on our website at www.buckscc.gov.uk/buckinghamcycleway.

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Winter Preparedness – advice & tips

Winter advice from Bucks County Council

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Schools Appeal Panel Members needed

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Have Your Say – Proposed Changes to the Cost of Adult Social Care Services

WITH THE COST of adult social care in the county increasing Buckinghamshire County Council is holding a seven week consultation about the charges made for some services. The consultation, which starts on Tuesday 28 November, is ONLY about increasing charges for people who pay the full cost of their care or contribute towards part of the cost. Typically those with £23,250 or more in savings and investments [around 25% of all adult services users] will be asked to pay the full charge for the care they receive.* Residents directly affected by the changes will be sent detailed information about the proposed increases in charges, along with a postal survey to give their views.
If you, a family member or someone you care for uses adult social care services in Buckinghamshire, you can let the county council know what you think about the changes to charging by going directly to the survey at https://www.research.net/r/ASCcharges2017BucksCC4 or visiting the ‘Have your say’ section on the council website www.buckscc.gov.uk The consultation ends on Friday 19 January, after this date the council will use all responses received to help them to decide whether to make any changes and, if so, what these will be. Results of the consultation and any decision made will be published on the ‘Have your say’ page of the council’s website by the end of March 2018. Any new or increased charges will come into effect from April 2018.

 

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