Sussex PCC 2022-23 policing priorities and precept survey

 

This year's survey has now closed and results will be published at a later date.

The Police Budget and where it comes from:

As your elected Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner I am responsible for securing the annual budget for Sussex Police which consists of an annual Government Grant and the police precept element of your council tax (which makes up 41% of the total).

Listening to you: I also determine local policing priorities for the Chief Constable to address which are set out in my Police and Crime Plan.

These priorities reflect what you as residents tell me are important which is why I want to hear from you through this survey.

Rising costs affect us all: All public services face rising costs from inflation which means next year a precept increase will be necessary just for Sussex Police to sustain its current position and meet the costs of pay and price increases.

Stand still or move forward? With higher costs and the impact of the pandemic affecting everyone, I know that any increase next year will be challenging. However, if we want to continue to build back levels of neighbourhood policing, take more offenders off the streets and protect communities we will need to consider increasing the precept.

The Government have given PCCs the flexibility to raise the precept by up to £10 a year for an average (band D) household.

Households still pay less in Sussex than most counties: The precept you pay in Sussex still remains one of the lowest in the country at 31 out of 37.

Have your say: Please spend a few moments to complete this survey to tell me how you feel about crime and community safety issues and to share any experience involving Sussex Police or the victims’ services supported by my office.