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2014/15 Council Tax Level for Policing - Phase 2

We asked:
What level of council tax you would be prepared to pay towards policing for 2014/15. People in Avon and Somerset were asked across a range of platforms for their opinion.
You said:
Over the two phases of this consultation the PCC heard the views of over 3000 people. When all data sets from this consultation exercise are combined we can see that the largest single option is 2% with just over a third of all respondents favouring this option. There would also be significant support for a large increase such as 10%, with freeze then being the third most popular option. The other increments saw only limited support, though it should be noted that they were not offered as options in the second phase of the consultation. An analysis of all of the findings alongside the qualitative responses indicates there would be support for an increase. In the qualitative data we can see there were concerns about the impact of cuts on policing and also how efficiently the budget is spent. Respondents were also concerned about their ability to afford an increase. A full report on the findings of the consultation activities was submitted to the Police and Crime Panel on the 11 December 2013 - https://www.bristol.gov.uk/committee/2013/ot/ot048/1211_7.pdf
We did:
On the 5 February 2014 the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Panel agreed to Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens' proposals for a rise in the policing part of the council tax and expenditure for 2014/15. The proposed increase of 1.99% in the policing part of the council tax is equivalent to an extra £3.34 for the year for a Band D property. This means from April 2014 the average band D household will pay £171.37 for policing.

Commissioning and Grants Strategy Consultation

We asked:
For your views on our draft commissioning and grants strategy 2014/15
You said:
There was significant support for the approach set out in the strategy. Respondents were keen for more information on our approach to commissioning of victims services.
We did:
We published a final draft strategy taking the comments recieved into consideration: http://www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk/Document-Library/Commissioning/Commissioning-and-Grants-Strategy-FINAL-2013.pdf We have since provided more information on our approach to commissioning victims services – which is set out on our website: http://www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk/Partnerships/Victim-Commissioning.aspx

2014/15 Council Tax Level - Policing

We asked:
The PCC asked residents both online and at events across Avon and Somerset about the council tax level for policing for the year 2014/15. The PCC offered a range of scenarios (0%;2%;4%;8%;10%) and asked respondents to indicate where on this range they would like to see council tax for policing in 2014/15.
You said:
The PCC and her team spoke to over 1500 people about their views. The results from both the survey and the events showed a spread of opinion across the range of options with no clear majority for a single option. We also gathered your views about this decision including what affected your choice.
We did:
The results from this consultation alongside more detailed budget planning and announcements from central government has resulted in the development of the three realistic options which are the subject of a subsequent consultation. Because of the valuable insight provided from the free-text narrative in the first stage, this consultation asks respondents to comment on what has informed their choice, so that the PCC can better understand residents’ views. This consultation includes far more detail about the impact of each scenario. The second stage of the consultation along with a fuller overview of the consultation approach and findings so far can be found online - http://www.consultation.avonandsomerset.police.uk/pcc/2014-15-council-tax-level-for-policing-phase-2

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