South Wales Police and Crime Panel has agreed to increase the police precept by 5 per cent – a move which will allow modest investment into protecting vulnerable people and maintaining neighbourhood policing.
The rise equates to an extra £10.39 per year (or 20p a week) for a band D household.
Police and Crime Commissioner Alun Michael said: “The increase is essential to help maintain the service, while allowing us to protect vulnerable people and invest in the future of policing in south Wales. I could not safely recommend a lower increase to the precept.
“Central Government is continuing to cut the grant to police forces. Next year, our grant has been cut by £2.2m. In real terms, the impact of this cut is far higher when we factor in additional burdens, such as the apprenticeship levy and increased pension costs.
“We have made tough decisions for a number of years in relation to how we deliver our services and our effective forward planning, combined with the innovative way in which we work with partners to keep south Wales safe, is why we are able to continue to meet financial challenges.
“We have taken a balanced approach to soften the impact on policing our communities, while keeping the burden on the rate payer to a minimum.”
As well as receiving approval from the Police and Crime Panel, the precept proposals also had the support of the Police Federation, which represents officers from the rank of Constable to Chief Inspector