How much would you pay for policing in Lewes & Uckfield?
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) Katy Bourne is currently consulting the public on the 2016/2017 Sussex Police Precept and wants to hear your views and experiences of policing and crime in Sussex. Members of the PCC’s office will be in Uckfield Library on Tuesday 15 December 10 – 4 and Lewes Library Thursday 17 December 10 – 4. Residents are invited to share their thoughts on how safe they feel in their community and the priorities they would like to see the police focus on.
One of the responsibilities of PCC’s is to set the budget for policing. A small proportion of the cost of policing is paid from your council tax with the rest coming directly from Government. This local council tax element is called the precept, which the PCC sets each year following close consultation with local taxpayers.
Mrs Bourne, has launched a public consultation to find out if local taxpayers would be prepared to pay an additional amount next year, per household, to enable investment directly in two areas that the Chief Constable has highlighted as priorities for policing:
1. Protecting children and vulnerable adults in Sussex from exploitation and abuse.
2. Digital forensic capability to retrieve, analyse and store information held on computers, mobiles and tablets.
You can find out more about these investment proposals and have your say in the public consultation here.
Mrs Bourne said: “Over the past two years, residents have shown their willingness to contribute more through local tax to policing but I have always sought to keep any rise very modest. I have recently launched a public consultation to see if local people would be prepared to pay a greater amount per household for policing and I will keep this consultation open until the New Year. I want to meet as many residents as possible and capture their feedback so that I can ensure that local priorities continue to be accurately represented.”
Talk Sussex will continue through the winter and into spring. The PCC will be visiting many areas across Sussex from community centres to shopping centres and libraries.
To find out which events the PCC will be attending over the coming months or to invite her to a meeting of your local community group, visit the meetings and events section of our website here.