Public urged to have their say on policing budget

Gwent’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is seeking the public’s views on the policing element of the next annual council tax precept.

Jeff Cuthbert says the future financial position for policing remains challenging so he needs as much response to the Police Budget Survey 2021-22 as possible. 

He said: “Despite the Government recently investing in extra officers and equipment, Gwent Police has suffered significant cuts to funding since 2010. 

“So our medium-term financial plan tells us that a rise in the council tax precept of up to £2 a month for an average Band D property is needed for the Force to maintain current service levels for the 2021/22 financial year.”

Gwent Police Federation chair Steve Thorpe is also encouraging people to have their say by taking part in the survey.

He said: “This year has shown just how important policing is to protect and reassure our communities and it’s incredibly important the people of Gwent let the PCC know their views before any decisions on next year’s policing budget are made.”

Complete the survey.