Survey 'shows support' for increasing Merseyside council tax to protect police funding

Wirral Globe: Jane Kennedy: “Consultation demonstrates beyond doubt people on Merseyside are prepared to play their part to protect their neighbourhoods" Jane Kennedy: “Consultation demonstrates beyond doubt people on Merseyside are prepared to play their part to protect their neighbourhoods"

Three-quarters of respondents to a public consultation have supported proposals to protect police funding from cash cuts.

More than 2,000 people took part in the consultation undertaken by Merseyside’s elected Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy to find out whether residents would be prepared to contribute extra to the region’s policing budget.

Merseyside Police's main grant from Government has been cut by 4.8% this year – a reduction of around£12m.

It is estimated that by 2018 the force will have to make total savings of more than £100m since austerity measures began in 2010.

The commissioner’s consultation – the results of an online survey and a series of community road shows - revealed that 75% of people were happy to back the her plans to increase the police precept by 1.95%, with just 25% of the public saying they were not prepared to pay slightly more.

Mrs Kennedy will present her proposed budget to the police and crime panel tomorrow (for consideration. She is also planning to use £5.5m from reserves to balance the budget in 2014/15.

Mrs Kennedy said: “This consultation demonstrates beyond doubt that people on Merseyside are prepared to play their part to protect their neighbourhoods.

“This increase in the police precept is essential if I am to protect frontline police services. Without raising additional money from the public, further cuts to police officer numbers and services would be inevitable.

“The reality is that if these cuts continue, Merseyside Police will simply not be able to continue to deliver the services it currently provides to keep our communities safe.”

The increase amounts to 4p a week, or £2 a year, for a Band A household or £3 for a Band D property. The majority of homes on Merseyside fall into the Band A category.

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6:03pm Mon 3 Feb 14

DaveMorgan says...

Not according to the petition here >> https://www.change.o
rg/en-GB/petitions/c
llr-phil-davies-free
ze-wirral-council-ta
x-for-2014-15 dont forget to sign ASAP
Not according to the petition here >> https://www.change.o rg/en-GB/petitions/c llr-phil-davies-free ze-wirral-council-ta x-for-2014-15 dont forget to sign ASAP DaveMorgan
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6:22pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Thepleb says...

2,000 from Merseyside not exactly a majority then, every public service is being cut but they still ask for more we need Bob Geldof on the case or maybe get Lenny Henry to visit Wirral and do an appeal
2,000 from Merseyside not exactly a majority then, every public service is being cut but they still ask for more we need Bob Geldof on the case or maybe get Lenny Henry to visit Wirral and do an appeal Thepleb
  • Score: 7

6:32pm Mon 3 Feb 14

bigfoot says...

I am led to believe that this 'consultation' was originally circulated through the Councils internal email system. So that may be what they are basing some of the figures on and probably including non residents as well as those that live in the leafy lanes of Cheshire or 'abroad' in Wales. 'LIes,damm lies and Statistics!'
I am led to believe that this 'consultation' was originally circulated through the Councils internal email system. So that may be what they are basing some of the figures on and probably including non residents as well as those that live in the leafy lanes of Cheshire or 'abroad' in Wales. 'LIes,damm lies and Statistics!' bigfoot
  • Score: 10

7:09pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Joeblogg85 says...

How many people in Merseyside? 1.5 million? 2% cannot be classed as a proper consultation can it? Clutching at some very thin straws me thinks.
How many people in Merseyside? 1.5 million? 2% cannot be classed as a proper consultation can it? Clutching at some very thin straws me thinks. Joeblogg85
  • Score: 12

7:41pm Mon 3 Feb 14

No.9 says...

Mrs Kennedy said: “This consultation demonstrates beyond doubt that people on Merseyside are prepared to play their part to protect their neighbourhoods.

...er! no it doesn't. At least not until "all" the people of Merseyside are actually consulted.
Mrs Kennedy said: “This consultation demonstrates beyond doubt that people on Merseyside are prepared to play their part to protect their neighbourhoods. ...er! no it doesn't. At least not until "all" the people of Merseyside are actually consulted. No.9
  • Score: 11

10:17pm Mon 3 Feb 14

David Scott says...

However big a sample is, if it is biased it is useless.
However big a sample is, if it is biased it is useless. David Scott
  • Score: 7

10:07am Tue 4 Feb 14

WirralAl says...

This survey and the results are not worth any consideration.

The 2000 people who have been asked to take part do not constitute a broad spectrum of the community. We do not know who it was sent to nor do we know the questions that it asked.

It therefore represents nothing and it another pointless exercise in this person trying to justify her own position.

Perhaps it is time to consider scrapping the electoral system where all we get to vote for is a person from a political party into actually asking the community for opinions on a broad spectrum of questions so we actually get to tell them what WE want them to carry out instead of them telling us what THEY are going to do.

We can do more than put a X in a box and we want more choice than red, blue, orange or green.

We need a real choice and the chance to put our opinions across.

The current system is outdated and not democratic at all.
This survey and the results are not worth any consideration. The 2000 people who have been asked to take part do not constitute a broad spectrum of the community. We do not know who it was sent to nor do we know the questions that it asked. It therefore represents nothing and it another pointless exercise in this person trying to justify her own position. Perhaps it is time to consider scrapping the electoral system where all we get to vote for is a person from a political party into actually asking the community for opinions on a broad spectrum of questions so we actually get to tell them what WE want them to carry out instead of them telling us what THEY are going to do. We can do more than put a X in a box and we want more choice than red, blue, orange or green. We need a real choice and the chance to put our opinions across. The current system is outdated and not democratic at all. WirralAl
  • Score: 3

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