Precept survey 2021/22

This year the views of Sussex residents were sought on raising the 2021/22 precept - the police element of council tax - by an average of £15 p.a. (for a Band D property).

This year the Commissioner used both a traditional survey and the “policing challenge”, a “gamified” version to seek views.

A total of 4,465 residents responded using both methods; 1,666 via the “policing challenge” and 2,799 via the traditional survey.

Of those who responded 2,266 (50.8%) indicated that they would be prepared to pay £15 a month more, 858 (19.2%) that they would pay £10 a month more. 1,130 (25.3%) said they wouldn’t be prepared to pay anything more, while 211 (4.7%) said that they were unsure or would pay another amount. A full breakdown for both methods is available below and further information can also be found in the engagement and consultation report which was presented to the Police & Crime Panel.

Traditional survey results:

Would you support an increase in your precept of:

 

Count

%

£1.25 a month (£15 per year per household)

1497

54%

83p a month (£10 per year per household)

572

20%

Any other amount

62

2%

No increase

668

24%

Breakdown of responses by policing district:

 

£15 a year

£10 a year

Any other amount

No increase

 

Count

%

Count

%

Count

%

Count

%

Brighton & Hove

113

55%

46

22%

6

3%

42

20%

East Sussex

565

52%

221

20%

23

2%

287

26%

West Sussex

807

55%

303

21%

32

2%

331

23%

Don’t Know

12

52%

2

9%

1

4%

8

35%

 "Policing Challenge" results:

Would you support an increase in your precept of:

Count:

Percentage:

£1.25 a month (£15 per year per household)

2266

50.8%

83p a month (£10 per year per household)

858

19.2%

Nothing more

1130

25.3%

Unsure/Other

211

4.7%

Total completes

4465

100.0%

Breakdown by district:

District

Count

£15 a year

£10 a year

Nothing more

Unsure

Adur & Worthing

142

62

35

32

31

Arun

212

102

32

60

18

Brighton & Hove

192

105

19

48

20

Chichester

116

47

28

28

13

Crawley

87

40

18

21

8

Eastbourne

129

54

21

36

18

Hastings

70

25

14

25

6

Horsham

127

58

24

36

9

Lewes

127

68

15

30

14

Mid Sussex

132

74

20

29

9

Rother

103

43

21

31

8

Wealden

229

91

39

86

13