Police Increase in Council Tax Referendum 7th May - Have Your Say

Police Referendum 7th May.
New council tax bills show an increase of 15.84% in funding for the police portion of Council Tax. To see if you approve of this, there will be a referendum on 7th May.

According to the Council Tax booklet,
Last year's police budget was £101.691m
This year's police budget is £104.606m
A band D property will have an increase of £24.80 a year or 48p per week.
66% of police funding comes from government; 34% comes from council tax.

This 15.84% increase will pay for:
30 additional officers in Central Bedfordshire 
25 additional officers in Luton 
20 additional officers in Bedford Borough
25 more will be trained as specialists to tackle cyber-crime and child-sexual exploitation

The referendum question will be:
Do you want the Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner to increase the amount it charges by 15.8%?

If most voters choose ‘yes’, the increase will be 15.8%.

If most voters choose ‘no’, the increase will be 2.0%.

If the majority vote no the council tax bills will have to be re-calculated and sent out again.

Survey: Houghton Regis News Desk has a short three question survey for you to try out: The survey is now closed.

More details here: http://www.bedfordshire.pcc.police.uk/public-information/regulation-5-notice/



1. Would you like more signs of visible policing in Houghton Regis?

>>55 out of 60 responding said Yes.

2. What do you see as the Number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 issues the police need to tackle in Houghton Regis?

>>21 out of 58 said number 1 was "Off road bikes being ridden on public footpaths, and public recreation grounds"

>>17 out of 58 said number 1 was "Violence and sexual offences"

3. If the majority vote Yes to the 15.8% increase in the Police share of the Council Tax, it is expected that Central Bedfordshire would get 30 new police officers, and 25 officers would be allocated to deal with cyber crime across Bedfordshire. This 15.8% increase is already included in your Council tax bill for 2015/16. 
>> 34 out of 60 said "No, I am not happy to pay any of the above. [increases]."

Survey ran from 24/4/2015 to 6/5/2015 Survey Monkey via www.hrnd.co.uk