ALUN MICHAEL’S 4% POLICE PRECEPT HIKE IS APPROVED

£484.99 is what highest-banded households in  Penarth will have to pay for policing this year

£484.99 is what highest-banded households in Penarth will have to pay for policing this year

Many householders in Penarth,  facing yet another inflation-busting hike in South Wales Police Precept charges, will find themselves forking-out well over £400 on top of their Council Tax this year.

Alun Michael Labour's South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner

Alun Michael Labour’s South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner

The so-called ‘South Wales Police and Crime Panel‘ has this week agreed to Labour Police an Crime Commissioner Alun Michael’s fourth successive request to increase his 2016/17 Police Precept Charges on local householders –  this time by 4% .

This is a rise which is – yet again –  way above the rate of inflation but the lowest imposed since Alun Michael was first elected in 2012 ; he stands for re-election in May.

Nominally  local authorities and the South Wales Police quote the precept-increase which is applicable to a wholly-unrepresentative  Band “D” property  – a strategy which creates the illusory impression of a relatively low increase. (A Band “D”  increase of “16p a week” is being quoted by South Wales Police).

In fact most people in Penarth don’t live in Band D properties  – and the charge they actually face will be considerably higher than the figures being publicly bandied-about.  The actual charges appear in the table below – taken from South Wales Police and Crime Panel documents :-

What the new police precept charge means for you - according to your council tax band.

What the new police precept charge means for you – according to your council tax band.

The highest police charges will be faced by those living in Penarth properties in a Band I category who will be charged £484.99 on top of their Council Tax for their police services over the next 12 months. The next highest will be those living in Band H properties who face a bill of £415.70 .

The total annual South Wales Police Precept  now being charged to Vale Council Tax Payers alone is £11,754,008. The entire impost for the whole of the South Wales Police area for 2016/17 will be £99,278,585.

Alun Michael claims his force has had to make what he calls “tough decisions”  – blaming,  funding cuts from the Home Office. What has not been publicly trumpeted however is the revelation that Alun Michael is now planning to increase the number of police officers  – currently at 2,800.

The documents reveal there are plans to increase the number of police officers to 3000 - despite crime being at "a 30 year low"

The documents reveal there are plans to increase the number of police officers to 3000 – despite crime being at “a 30 year low”

An internal report laid before the South Wales Police and Crime Panel this week said “The Commissioner and the Chief Constable wish to move closer to 3,000 police officers (to help meet the new and escalating operational threats).” Exactly what these “escalating threats” actually are is not explained.  Elsewhere in the same report it’s claimed that crime is at a 30-year low .

The South Wales Police and Crime Panel report also states “ Whilst the ongoing national economic climate has a significant bearing on the acceptability in level of police precept to be levied on local taxpayers it is also recognised that in times of economic decline the requirements for an efficient and effective police service rise considerably”. No evidence is produced in the report to substantiate this claim.

The unelected members of the South Wales and Crime Panel who rubber-stamped the latest increase in the South Wales Police Precept are:-

  • Bridgend County Borough Council = Cllr Martyn Jones (Labour)
  • Cardiff Council = Cllr Kathryn Lloyd (Liberal Dem ) and Cllr Daniel De’Ath (Labour)
  • Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council = Cllr Ernie Galsworthy (Labour)
  • Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council =  Cllr Peter Rees (Labour)
  • Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council= Cllr Shelley Rees-Owen (Plaid) and Cllr Robert Smith (Labour)
  • Swansea Council =  Cllr Paulette Smith (Labour) and Cllr Gareth Sullivan (Independent)
  • Vale of Glamorgan Council =  Cllr Anne Moore (Labour)

The two co-opted members are:

  • Mr Martyn Jones (a different person from Cllr Martyn Jones – listed above)
  • Mr Mel Jehu

 

 

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8 Responses to ALUN MICHAEL’S 4% POLICE PRECEPT HIKE IS APPROVED

  1. it is unfortunate that the people of the South Wales Police (SWP) area have to take an increase in the precept, especially when SWP have to give away £9 million of their budget to the three other forces in Wales, £3 million (or thereabouts) to Dyfed Powys Police. At the same time because of the windfall to Dyfed Powys, their PCC was able to freeze the precept. It seems the people of South Wales are subsidising the folk who live in the Dyfed Powys Police area…Is that fair ??

  2. Anne says:

    This is labour party robbery! South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Alun Michael faced allegations of “cronyism” recently after appointing three new Assistant Commissioners, two of whom are members of the Labour Party. He has also promoted Labour Party member Dr John Rose, currently the Assistant Commissioner, to the Deputy’s role. and here he is demanding more money, way above the rate of inflation perhaps more for his empire building and endorsed by seven labour Councillors. Instead he could lose a few commissioners to save money! .

  3. Tim Hughes says:

    Of course they are elected. They are elected to the local authorities in the area of the SWP and then are nominated by each council to serve in the overseeing role. This is as it has always been and allows the experience on the ground of local police effectiveness, as often reported in PDN, to feed through into the oversight. Two members are nominated to provide additional input.

  4. richard wright says:

    Elected? When was the Police and Crime Panel in South Wales ever elected?

    • Tim Hughes says:

      Difficult to make the comment simpler I am afraid.

      • Arthur Thistlewood says:

        Mr Wright is right! Mr Hughes, despite his patronizing tone, is quite wrong. They are NOT elected to the particular panel, have no known expertise in the function of the panel that has been tested in open competition, do not reflect the political profile of the area as a result of being nominated or co-opted rather than elected, and, most importantly, have no obvious and clear line of accountability. It is a Labour Party stitch-up. It is completely up democratic, something socialists seem to think is alright, presumably because they are completely sure they are o. The moral high ground about everything and can consequently do no wrong.

  5. M davies says:

    I guess he needs the money to pay us enormous staffing budget
    Does he really need 18 staff? And what do the do?

    • Frank Evans says:

      “What does he do”?
      Spend yours and my money, as only labour know how to.
      Maybe he should sell Michael towers to help with his staffing budget.

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