please also see our 'What's Going On' page THE JANUARY MEETING OF THE PARISH COUNCIL HAS BEEN CANCELLED The date for the February meeting has been amended to Wednesday 6th February (7.15pm in the Parish Hall, Montrey Crescent). Residents are most welcome to attend - your comments are taken under the Agenda Item 'Public Participation'. Issues raised that may require further discussion and/or decision making will be included as an Agenda Item at a future meeting. We apologise for any inconvenience the above changes may cause.
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PLEASE READ THE PRESS RELEASE FROM THE POLICE COMMISSIONER FOR MERSEYSIDE BELOW. THE PUBLIC ARE INVITED TO RESPOND ONLINE TO A CONSULTATION (details are contained within the Press Release). A series of community consultation roadshows are also being held across the region (details of St Helens consultation below) to ask people for their views. (Anyone who wants to receive a paper copy of the survey can telephone 0151 777 5155 and one will be posted out) 18/01/2019 St Helens Asda St Helens town centre, Kirkland St, Saint Helens WA10 2EFThe
"PCC asks public’s views on police funding & plans to recruit 40 new officers
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner is asking local people if they would be willing to pay a little extra through the police precept, which is collected alongside the council tax, to help protect 100 police officer jobs and recruit 40 new officers.
The public consultation launched today by Jane Kennedy follows the budget announcement in December where the Government said local council precept payers must pay more to avoid further cuts in police jobs. The increase equates to approximately 31p a week or £16 a year for a Band A household, the lowest Council Tax category but the majority of council tax payers on Merseyside.
The 2019/2020 financial settlement provides an additional £8.4m in government grant for Merseyside Police but this will be entirely consumed by the pension shortfall announced by the Government in September 2018. The settlement provides no new money for the day-to-day running of Merseyside Police, the cost of which increases every year due to pay and price inflation. Without a rise in the council precept the Force will face further damaging cuts.
Since 2010 Merseyside Police have already been required to make cuts of £110m, with an estimated £14.5m still to make by 2022/23. In that time, the size of the organisation has reduced by a quarter, with 1,110 fewer police officers now patrolling the region’s streets. This increase in the precept would enable the Chief Constable to avoid the planned cut of 100 police posts and instead, increase the number of police officer posts by 40.
If local people do not agree then Merseyside Police may be forced to make further cuts as it struggles with both increasing costs and calls for assistance from the public.
Jane said: “The responsibility for providing the appropriate level of funding for a large urban police force like Merseyside lies with central government which is why 83% of the Merseyside Police budget is met by general taxation. However, the Government are shifting the burden of paying for the police on to the shoulders of local council tax payers. This is good news for wealthy counties like Surrey but bad news for urban forces with less wealthy communities. It is a regressive form of taxation. I have little choice but to ask for the increase in the council precept to prevent further cuts. I know the public of Merseyside want more not fewer police officers.
“While I am reluctant to ask local people, who are already heavily burdened, to contribute more toward policing, if they are willing to do so it enables me to stabilise the Force’s budget, prevent the loss of 100 more officers and even to replace 40 of the officer posts that we have lost.
“Over the last eight years, the police budget has been cut by £110m. This increase would give the Chief Constable an additional £9.8m with which to police Merseyside. It does not compare to what we have lost, but it is essential if the Chief Constable is to keep up with the increasing demands he faces.”
The Commissioner is now holding a consultation asking people if they would be willing to contribute the extra funding expected by the Government and help her to halt the impact of ongoing cuts.
Jane added: “I appreciate that by asking the public for more money, they will quite rightly expect something in return which is why I am promising that if local people are willing to support these proposals the Chief Constable will prevent the loss of 100 police jobs next year and bring back 40 police officer posts.
“I am asking people on Merseyside if they would be willing to contribute that extra 31p a week for the majority of householders to help protect vital frontline police services. This would increase the police precept from £118.65 to £134.65 a year for those properties. The government have stepped away from supporting our police service, I hope local people will not do the same.”
People are invited to have their say through a short online survey at www.merseysidepcc.info by Sunday 3rd February.
PARISH CHAMPIONS EVENING 25th January 2019 Invitations are currently being distributed for this event to celebrate the wonderful achievements of and contributions to our community if you feel someone is deserving of a special mention then please let us know.
TREE LIGHTING EVENTS at The Bluebell and The Stag were well-attended - thank you for joining in to celebrate the festive season and we hope you enjoyed them.
NEW DEFIBRILLATOR The Parish Council supplied defibrillator is now installed external to Hamilton Road Shops in a yellow cabinet. This is accessed by dialling 999 - you will then be given the code to unlock the cabinet. A defibrillator awareness session for residents is currently being arranged in the near future and the date will be publicised throughout the area.
YOUTH CLUB AND YOUTH COUNCIL See the latest Newsletter on our Documentation page for details on a new Youth Club starting January 2019 and plans for a Youth Council in the area.
Newly Published: Annual Return Information is now available on the Documentation Page
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