Surrey Police commissioner preparing for budget cuts

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Surrey’s police and crime commissioner is asking people for their views on budget proposals for the approaching financial year.

Kevin Hurley wants council tax payers across the county to comment on his proposals for Surrey Police’s budget in 2014/15, which has a gross revenue budget set of £207.1m, a reduction of £0.1m.

The remaining £2.2m will come from the segment of council tax police get, with a 2 per cent increase, meaning people who live in a band D property will pay an extra £4.07 a year or 34p a month.

Two weeks ago, police learned that Government funding would be cut by about £700,000, the equivalent of 20 police constables, and Mr Hurley is exploring options to compensate for the shortfall.

The police and crime commissioner said the country was in difficult times and his goal was to set a budget for Surrey Police which managed the issues residents face while allowing police to provide the level of service expected.

Mr Hurley said: “I am working hard to try and secure more Government money for Surrey and we will be participating in a review of this in the next few months.

“We receive one of the lowest levels of Government funding in the country which means you as ratepayers have to pay more in council tax. I don’t believe this is fair.

“I will continue to make our case for a better deal as strongly as I possibly can.”

To give your views on the budget proposals, visit surrey-pcc.gov.uk/budget2014, email SurreyPCC@surrey.police.uk or write to Surrey PCC, PO Box 412, Guildford, Surrey GU3 1BR.

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11:37am Thu 2 Jan 14

EwellMan says...

Please Mr Hurley, quit your job, you are truly incompetant.

What about standing up to the Government with real statistics, like how the population of Surrey has increased by more than 20% over the last 10 years due to Government Housing programmes. How can you sit there an except cuts when more houses means more crimes which means we need more police not less. Understandable if the population of Surrey was the same as 10 years ago, then yet cut back a bit but dont try and blind us with false stats to say crime is on the decrease as everyone knows its not.

Lastly, Dont expect me to be paying a 2% council tax increase this year. Will pay the past years figure. I am not paying an increase for worse services because that in itself is truly criminal!!!!
Please Mr Hurley, quit your job, you are truly incompetant. What about standing up to the Government with real statistics, like how the population of Surrey has increased by more than 20% over the last 10 years due to Government Housing programmes. How can you sit there an except cuts when more houses means more crimes which means we need more police not less. Understandable if the population of Surrey was the same as 10 years ago, then yet cut back a bit but dont try and blind us with false stats to say crime is on the decrease as everyone knows its not. Lastly, Dont expect me to be paying a 2% council tax increase this year. Will pay the past years figure. I am not paying an increase for worse services because that in itself is truly criminal!!!! EwellMan

11:41am Thu 2 Jan 14

EwellMan says...

Oh yea forgot to ask so the Government is cutting 700k this year? so pretty much the money that you would of received from selling off the Leatherhead police station? So that means we are at breakeven then? that not forgetting the sale of all the other police stations?

Seems like us the council taxpayer are again being conned again into paying more.
Oh yea forgot to ask so the Government is cutting 700k this year? so pretty much the money that you would of received from selling off the Leatherhead police station? So that means we are at breakeven then? that not forgetting the sale of all the other police stations? Seems like us the council taxpayer are again being conned again into paying more. EwellMan

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