Everyone will have to pay an extra £5 for the police this year as the governments cuts bite.
Last year Manchester residents had to pay and extra £5 for the police back then the public was given 100 more officers, this year it will be around 300, and improvments to the 101 service.
An increase in grants to councils will be made to fund safety initiatives, and more money is given to tackle serious violent crime and violence towards women.
Having done our investigations, local police have told us that the numbers of police are misleading and that the figure of 12 officers for the entire borough of Trafford was false.
Crime has gone through the roof in all areas, however Trafford has still the lowest crime figures in Greater Manchester, police are doing some incredibly good work whilst you are sleeping they are keeping you safe.
Because of government cuts to the service it has meant some crimes have had to be forced down the ladder of priority and only some crimes are being focused on.
With the increase in council tax for the second year residents expect a little more than what has been offered with the £18m that is estimated to be raised in 2019/20.
Deputy Mayor Bev Hughes said: “I want to thank Panel members for supporting this proposal, and also to the communities of Greater Manchester for backing their local police service. I also want to be clear that this has been a difficult decision to make. However, in light of the Government’s continued failure to fund Greater Manchester Police fairly, we have been left with very little choice to ask residents to pay a little more to ensure we can keep our communities safe.”
Cllr Tamoor Tariq, Chair of the Police and Crime Panel said: “Our police officers continue to go above and beyond every day to keep us safe, as resources have shrunk and crime has gone up. Yet the Home Secretary has failed to follow through on promises to back our police. Despite repeated calls from myself as Chair of the Panel we have had nothing more than warm words with very little action.
“The Panel and I have supported the council tax proposals put forward by the Mayor and Deputy Mayor, but we do so with heavy hearts and a renewed plea to Government to fairly fund our police without local taxpayers bearing the brunt.”
Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: “I am pleased that we will have able to move some way towards the 7,000 officers I believe we need to police Greater Manchester. I am grateful for the support we have had from local people who are being asked to pay more for policing. The additional officers will be a welcome boost and provide a proactive policing team working across Greater Manchester and support neighbourhood policing.”
Around 80% of GMP’s budget comes a central government grant, but this funding has been cut by £250m since 2010, resulting in the loss of 2,000 police officers and 1,000 police staff. This is against a backdrop of increasing crime and complex demand such as cybercrime, child sexual exploitation and human trafficking. In December, the Government badged a £15m increase in the police grant as investment in local policing, when it reality it will merely cover the police pension shortfall.
Bev Hughes added: “Time and time again the Government has shamefully passed the financial burden of local policing onto local taxpayers, at a time when threat levels are severe and crime continues to rise. Whilst our plans to strengthen officer numbers is good news, we are still a long way off mitigating the cuts – and damage – caused by this Government’s disregard for public safety.”
The increase of £24 will take the annual bill for policing for a band D home from £174.30 to £198.30.
Band B is the average Council Tax Band in Greater Manchester. For these properties the police precept would be £154.24 per annum, which is the equivalent of £2.97 per week – an increase of 36p per week.
The Mayor is responsible for setting the budget for policing, the fire service and other mayoral functions, which local people contribute to through a part of their council tax bills called the mayoral “precept”. You can read more information about the proposed precept for the fire service and mayoral functions here. These plans will go to a special meeting of Greater Manchester Combined Authority on 15 February.