Have your say on emer­gency ser­vices tax bill

The Scarborough News - - WELCOME TO YOUR NEWS - By Phil Hutchin­son news­[email protected] Twit­ter: @TheScar­boroNews

Po­lice, Fire and Crime Com­mis­sioner Ju­lia Mul­li­gan is ask­ing res­i­dents how much they are will­ing to pay in their coun­cil tax bill for North York­shire Po­lice and North York­shire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice.

Set­ting the charge, known as the pre­cept, for 2019/20 is part of the com­mis­sioner’s role.

She has con­sulted on the polic­ing pre­cept since she be­came the com­mis­sioner in 2012 but is con­sult­ing on the fire and res­cue ser­vice pre­cept for the first time this year, fol­low­ing trans­fer of gover­nance.

The sur­vey, which will be car­ried out by tele­phone to a rep­re­sen­ta­tive sam­ple, and on­line where any res­i­dent can have their say will re­main open un­til Satur­day 18 Jan­uary 2019.

Res­i­dents will be asked how much they would be pre­pared to pay per year in their coun­cil tax bill.

On polic­ing, there are four op­tions rang­ing from a pre­cept freeze to an in­crease of more than £24. On the fire and res­cue ser­vice, there are also four op­tions rang­ing from an in­crease of more than £5.

48% of North York­shire Po­lice’s fund­ing and 70% of North York­shire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice’s fund­ing comes from the pre­cept. The re­main­der comes from the Gov­ern­ment.

The com­mis­sioner said: “Polic­ing con­tin­ues to evolve in North York­shire as it re­sponds to the chang­ing na­ture of crime and de­mands on our po­lice ser­vice.

“This county re­mains the safest place in Eng­land, but we are fac­ing a se­ries of chal­lenges and many peo­ple tell me they want to see in­vest­ment in lo­cal, vis­i­ble polic­ing.

“That is why I am com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing any ad­di­tional money from the pre­cept goes to this pri­or­ity.

“I am also ask­ing for views on the fire and res­cue ser­vice pre­cept for the first time.

“It is fac­ing se­ri­ous fi­nan­cial chal­lenges and I am de­ter­mined to en­sure it has a strong and sus­tain­able fu­ture keep­ing North York­shire safe.

“It cur­rently at­tends around 6,500 in­ci­dents per year from fires to road traf­fic col­li­sions, flood­ing to other emer­gen­cies.

“It is vi­tal you have your say. I want to know, di­rectly from you, how much you are pre­pared to in­vest in our polic­ing and fire and res­cue ser­vices.”

The on­line sur­vey is avail­able now at www.tellju­lia.com.

Po­lice, Fire and Crime Com­mis­sioner Ju­lia Mul­li­gan.

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