To raise £15million to manage cost pressures and generate additional funds for investment, I took the decision to raise the policing part of the council tax by £2 a month for a band D household. I fully understand that this was a big increase for households and it was not an easy decision. However, in order to improve visibility and results for local people we need to have resources. The additional funding has allowed us to protect neighbourhood policing and invest in an extra 100 officers to tackle drug crime, knife crime and burglary.
I have developed a Commissioning and Grants Strategy that sets out my approach to commissioning services and outcomes for the communities of Avon and Somerset. As part of my approach I will:
Supporting the delivery of this Plan will be approximately £3m of funding for community safety projects and services. This will include grants to support the victim and witness care unit ‘Lighthouse,’ youth crime and substance misuse services, a wide range of victim support services as well as the new Mental Health Control
Room Triage arrangement. There will also be further joint funding with local partners to support victims of CSE. In addition, the Commissioner’s Community Action Fund, administered by the Police Community Trust will continue to support voluntary and community sector projects. For further details please visit the PCC website.