Part of Stephen Bett’s job as your Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is to agree the budget for policing Norfolk and to monitor how that budget is used, holding the Chief Constable to account as appropriate.
Regular reports on police spending are received by your PCC at his public meetings with the Chief Constable.
Funding for both Norfolk’s police service and the work of the PCC comes from grants received from the Home Office, income from fees and charges, and the annual Council Tax precept that is levied on all households in Norfolk.
Stephen is responsible for determining the amount you pay through your Council Tax, following consultation with communities and business rate payers.
Having consulted with the Panel and the public, Stephen makes a decision on the level of the Council Tax precept. He provides information on whether the amount you pay has changed and where your Council Tax money is going to be spent.
For 2015/16, Stephen agreed an increase of 2% (equivalent to £4 per year for a Band D property).
Council Tax is collected by District Councils who are also responsible for Council Tax benefit, discounts and exemptions. For specific information about Council Tax, like banding, tax benefits or paying your Council Tax, please contact your local council.
Throughout the year monitoring takes place of the PCC and Constabulary budgets. Information about the PCC and Chief Constable’s governance arrangements, can be found on the Financial Governance page.
41 Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) were elected across England and Wales on the 15 November 2012. When the elected PCCs took office on the 22 November 2012 they became responsible for a combined budget of £8 billion.
PCCs aim to cut crime and deliver an effective and efficient police service within their force area. Their role is to be the voice of the people and hold the police to account, effectively making them answerable to the communities they serve.