Police Commissioner Alun Michael has again increased the South Polie precept by 4 times more than the rate of inflation

Police Commissioner Alun Michael has again increased the South Police Precept – imposed on local residents as part of their Council Tax  by more than four times the rate of inflation

Yet again the South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Alun Michael is increasing the Police Precept – [the compulsory charge Penarth residents are compelled to pay as part as part of their Council Tax Bill] – by well above the annual rate of inflation.

This time the police precept is being increased by 5%  – whereas the annual rate of inflation is 1.2%.

This is the fourth year in a row that Labour Police commissioner Alun Michael has imposed a police precept charge which is several times more than the annual rate of inflation.

  • In 2013/14 Alun Michael increased the police precept by 7%.
  • In 2014/15 he increased it by 5%
  • In 2015/16 he increased it by 4.8%
  • Now for 2016/17 he’s increasing it again by 5%

Every increase has been way above the UK rate of inflation and well above the percentage increase in UK national wages, salaries and pensions and incomes.

Penarth police PCSOs attending a crime-fighting initiative at the Barrage . Part of a public "reassurance" initiative

Penarth police PCSOs attending a crime-fighting initiative at the Barrage . Part of a public “reassurance” initiative (Photo John Clark)

The police precept  (like the Penarth Town Council Precept) is calculated on the basis of the various Council Tax Bands allocated to every home in Penarth . Yet again South Wales police have quoted the rise only in relation to a  “Band D” home – which is totally unrepresentative of the average Penarth home – most of which are in far higher bands.

In a statement the South Wales Police and Crime Panel – [ which is supposed to represent the public but actually consists of mostly Labour Party politicians]   – agreed the increase saying the extra charges imposed on council-tax payers would “allow modest investment into protecting vulnerable people and maintain neighbourhood policing” .

South Wales Police claims their government grant is being cut but they are  having to meet extra costs on things like theapprenticeship levy and “increased pension costs”.

A police community engagement initiative in progress on Penarth Barrage in January 2017

A police “community engagement” initiative in progress on Penarth Barrage in January 2017 (Photo John Clark)

Alun Michael says the force has “taken a balanced approach to soften the impact on policing our communities, while keeping the burden on the rate payer to a minimum.”

A South Wales police statement says the proposals for the 5% increase has been “supported by the Police Federation” [the body that represents in the interests of police officers] but doesn’t explain why it’s deemed necessary to have the Federation’s assent to the increase. There has been no public consultation about the precept rise.

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  1. Chris David says:

    Largely to blame are the lemmings that voted for Alun Michael. What did we expect with a political appointment How in this insane world does he have to power to do this? Isn’t he accountable? There was a very experienced, properly qualified independent- Mike. But no, the sheep continue to support Labour in its stranglehold on the Vale. Baahh. Politically motivated individuals should be barred from these posts. In fact most are so feckless given half a chance I’d ban them from politics 🙂

    • Jonno says:

      Why bother with democracy when Chris knows best?

      • Chris David says:

        Ah but me expressing my view is democracy. And Alun Michael has built up his empire and his costs and for what? Do explain what extra we are getting for an crease over 4 x the rate of inflation.

  2. hopenotnasty says:

    Since 2009 South Wales police have 600 fewer police officers. A massive reduction. Why. The conservative government has cut funding by more than 20%. A fifth of the budget has disappeared. Many people try to ignore this fact. Theresa May was the Home Secretary that was responsible for most of these cuts.
    Alun Michael far from being criticised should be commended for the service that is operating .

    • Chris David says:

      Were you happy with the service from your police force last year? If not why not? If so then explain what extra enhancements or services we will get for a rise of well over 4 x the rate of inflation? Its my belief A Michel doesn’t have the experience, qualifications or foresight for this job. But he’s a studied empire builder. A labourite and that comes first. Not that the Tories would be any better mind.

      • hopenotnasty says:

        Over fifty million pounds lost in revenue since 2009. 600 less police officers? The major part of South Wales police funding is received through a government grant which is 62% 2016/2017. The police precept is 38% making a total of £259 million. Most budgets 85%
        are the costs of employing all the personnel.
        Police forces throughout the UK since 2009 have had their budgets slashed by the Tory government.
        So with all the money and police officers now missing in our communities it is only right that initiatives are introduced to help run a very overstretched service. Five per cent is a small price to pay when the government has abandoned its responsibility. I also acknowledge that 5% for some on limited incomes is very difficult.
        I expect the red necks on here to disagree.

    • Kevin Mahoney says:

      To be fair to Mr Michael it does cost a lot of money to employ all those labour party members in massively well paid jobs.

      Perhaps we could have employed a few more of those 600 chopped police officers and a few less labour party cronies

  3. Bryn says:

    This is an iniquitous act, as is the 5 % rise in Penarth Town council precept. If ordinary people have to make do with the rate of inflation rise in their wages or pension, why can’t the council; and the police manage while keeping the same services. The liberal party at one time promised to get rid of the unfair council tax and fund services from general taxation where people pay according to their income. Are people expected to sell their homes to pay these unjustified rises?

  4. Are community charges included in the rate of inflation figures?

    It was claimed that Police and Crime Commissioners would increase local control of the police. Reality shows that this aim has failed and a new method of control has failed.

    I would like to think that a different system will be implemented but now the politicians have direct control of the police this will not happen.

  5. Sorry. I meant to say a new method of control is needed.

  6. Ronnie barker says:

    This goes to show how bad anything to do with the Labour Party is trouble
    Every time labour increase taxes etc it’s always the fault of the government
    They never admit to their own mismanagement and over spending
    We have the same problem with the Welsh assembly
    Labour in Wales is finished let’s have the conservatives back and save money

  7. Frank Evans says:

    Labour. Spend spend spend. Kick them out.

    • Frank Evans says:

      As a post script I emailed him last year about the 5% rise asking why? Not even the courtesy of a reply. Why did the donkey electorate vote for him.

  8. david kerslake says:

    You wait until carwyn and his mob get the income tax powers. God help us

  9. Grey local says:

    I would rather see the money spent on police on the streets not on expensive power trips by ex politicians. But if we are to have them Police commissioners should not be political appointments. Mr Michael surely has enough fat pensions from his time as a Community EducationOfficwr and a politician. He surely doesn’t need any more money.

  10. snoggerdog says:

    maybe the price of invisible paint has gone up.

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