Panel reviews and accepts the 2016-17 policing precept

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Feb 082016
 

The West Midlands Police and Crime Panel has accepted the £5 increase to the policing precept proposed by the Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson.

The Panel, that had the power to veto the proposal, accepted the increase after a detailed question and answer session with the Police and Crime Commissioner on 1st February.

The increase is based on an average precept increase of £5. This would produce a charge for each property band for 2016/17, as follows:-

    2015/16 2016/17    
  Statutory Proportion Precept

 

£ : p

Precept

 

£ : p

Change

Annual

£ : p

Change

Weekly

£ : p

A   6/9 71.03 74.36 3.33 0.06
B   7/9 82.87 86.76 3.89 0.07
C   8/9 94.71 99.15 4.44 0.09
D   9/9 106.55 111.55 5.00 0.10
E 11/9 130.23 136.34 6.11 0.12
F 13/9 153.91 161.13 7.22 0.14
G 15/9 177.58 185.91 8.33 0.16
H 18/9 213.10 223.10 10.00 0.19

 

The Panel’s report has been published on the Panel website at http://westmidlandspcp.co.uk/publications/

The Panel also discussed the Police and Crime Commissioner’s budget proposals. Members welcomed his continued commitment to passport community safety funding to Community Safety Partnerships, but questioned him on his decision to reduce this funding by 25% warning that it would be very difficult to absorb any further cuts.

The Panel also challenged the level of budget reserves, particularly those held as a contingency. Members noted the plans to spend reserves over the coming years and asked for greater transparency on their use.

The precept is the part of the council tax that pays for policing. The Police and Crime Commissioner must present his proposals each year to the Police and Crime Panel.

The Panel, made up of councillors from the 7 West Midlands local councils and two independent members, must review the proposal and agree, made recommendations, or veto the Commissioner’s proposal.

Panel’s Community Safety Funding report published this week

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Jan 202016
 

The Police and Crime Panel has published its scrutiny inquiry report into the West Midland’s Police and Crime Commissioner’s (PCC) arrangements for Community Safety Grants.

The Panel explored whether the current approach of dividing community safety funding between the seven districts was the most efficient and most likely to secure real outcomes for people. Questions were also posed on the grant conditions and monitoring arrangements.

The Panel’s report contains five principles for the PCC to consider when making a final decision on future funding (A local funding approach is vital, simplified monitoring arrangements, longer term funding, revisiting the proposed grant cuts and exploring opportunities for joint working across the districts).

The PCC has responded to our report. The report and the PCC’s response can be found on our publications webpage.

Do you have a question for the Panel?

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Dec 292015
 
Anyone living, working or studying in the West Midlands can ask the Police and Crime Panel a question or suggest an area of work. Further details about how to submit your question and an on-line form are available.

The deadline for questions for our next meeting (1 February 2016 2pm) is 27th January 2016.

Tme is given at each meeting to hear public questions. Don’t worry if you can’t attend a meeting, we will still consider your question and send you our response.

For your question to be eligible it must relate to the Panel’s role and responsibilities. Please note, the Police and Crime Commissioner has separate arrangements for dialogue with the public.

Questions to the Panel may not

  • require the disclosure of confidential or exempt information
  • be defamatory, frivolous, vexatious or offensive
  • repeat a question asked before
  • refer to any matter of a personal nature

Cllr Darren Cooper expresses his sadness at the death of Cllr Phil Townshend.

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Oct 212015
 

 

Cllr Phil Townshend

 Cllr Cooper said:

“I was deeply saddened to hear of Phil’s death. His support for the Panel was greatly appreciated. On behalf of the Panel, I would like to send our condolences to Phil’s family, friends and colleagues.”

Cllr Townshend was a substitute member of the panel from 2014.

Confirmation Hearings for Chief Constable

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Oct 162015
 

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The Panel this week had to hold a confirmation hearing for the Police and Crime Commissioner’s preferred candidate for Chief Constable, to replace Chris Sims who is leaving in January.

This required the Panel to review the proposed appointment and make a recommendation to the Commissioner.

This is a requirement under the Police and Social Responsibility Act 2011 and the reports for this item are available on this website.

The Panel agreed that the Commissioner should appoint David Thompson as Chief Constable for the West Midlands. The Panel letter confirming this has been published. Panel members agreed that Mr Thompson was an outstanding candidate and wish him well in his new role.

 

Confirmation Hearings for Chief Executive and Chief Finance Officer

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Jul 012015
 
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Panel Meeting, Wolverhampton, June 2015

 

The Panel this week had to hold confirmatory hearings for two of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s senior posts.  This required the Panel to review the proposed appointments and make a recommendation to the Commissioner about the appointments.

This is a requirement under the Police and Social Responsibility Act 2011 and the reports for this item area available on this website.

The Panel agreed that the Commissioner should appoint Jonathan Jardine as Chief Executive for the Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands. The Panel also agreed that he should appoint Mark Kenyon as Chief Finance Officer. The letter from the Panel  confirming this and the response from the Commissioner  have been published. Congratulations to Mark and Jonathan.

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Jonathan Jardine, David Jamieson, West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Kenyon and Yvonne Mosquito, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner (left to right)

The Panel was told that the Chief Constable, Mr Chris Simms, had indicated that he would be retiring this year and so the Panel will have to hold a further confirmatory hearing for a new Chief Constable later in the year.

 

 

Panel’s FGM Inquiry Report Published This Week

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Jun 192015
 

Launching the FGM report in Sandwell

Launching the FGM report in Sandwell

The Panel’s report Tackling Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the West Midlands has just been published.

The summary and recommendations are:

Summary WMPCP Tackling FGM in the West Midlands

The report is:

WMPCP Tackling FGM in the West Midlands

The evidence pack of information presented to the Panel and surveys of key stakeholders is:

Evidence Pack WMPCP Tackling FGM in the West Midlands

 

The news release: FGM report launch – news release FINAL

Panel Review of Precept and Police and Crime Plan

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Feb 132015
 

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Panel reviews and accepts the 2015-16 policing precept

The West Midlands Police and Crime Panel has accepted the 1.99% increase to the policing precept proposed by the Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson.

The Panel, that has the power to veto the proposal, accepted the increase after a detailed question and answer session with the Police and Crime Commissioner on 2nd February.

The Panel’s report has been published on the Panel website http://westmidlandspcp.co.uk/publications/

The report has a number of recommendations for the Police and Crime Commissioner, including providing more information to residents on what the additional money collected through the precept would be used for and greater clarity on impact of the current police recruitment drive on officer and staff numbers.

Commenting on the police budget consultation, the Panel suggested that to increase public participation next year he might work alongside the district council budget consultation exercises and use their social media channels.

The precept is the part of the council tax that pays for policing. The Police and Crime Commissioner must present his proposals each year to the Police and Crime Panel.

The Panel, made up of councillors from the 7 West Midlands local councils and two independent members, must review the proposal and agree, made recommendations, or veto the Commissioner’s proposal.

The Panel meeting was webcast and you can watch the Panel’s debate on the police budget and precept here http://bit.ly/1DXuJ2R

Panel reviews changes to the Police and Crime Plan

The Police and Crime Plan is an important document in which the Police and Crime Commissioner sets out his priorities. The Plan provides a direct means though which the Panel can hold the Commissioner to account and scrutinise his work. The Commissioner must consult the Panel on any changes he wants make to the Plan.

The Panel questioned the Police and Crime Commissioner on changes to the Plan on 2nd February.  The Panel’s report has now been published on http://westmidlandspcp.co.uk/publications/

Whilst recognising the work that has gone into reshaping this document the Panel suggested several areas for the Commissioner to consider that would ensure the Plan reflected current priorities across the West Midlands and support the existing work being undertaken by West Midlands Police and partner organisations to reduce crime and improve community safety.

The Panel asked for more details on the work of the force to address “hidden crimes” including how improvements will be achieved,  recognition of the new statutory duties under the Prevent Strategy, tackling alcohol related crimes, and more details on targets and baselines for the objectives set out in the Plan  to enable the public and the panel to track and judge the commissioner’s success.

You can watch the Panel’s debate on changes to the Police and Crime Plan here http://bit.ly/1IKkB44

Do you have a question of the Panel or want to suggest an area of work?

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Jan 122015
 

Anyone living, working or studying in the West Midlands can ask the Police and Crime Panel a question or suggest an area of work. Further details about how to submit your question and an on-line form are available.

The deadline for questions for our next meeting (9 February 2pm) is 4th March 2015.

Public question time is an opportunity to bring an issue of concern to the Panel or even to get a topic on a future Panel agenda. Time is given at each meeting to hear public questions. Don’t worry if you can’t attend a meeting, we will still consider your question and send you our response.

For your question to be eligible it must relate to the Panel’s role and responsibilities. Please note, the Police and Crime Commissioner has separate arrangements for dialogue with the public.

Questions to the Panel may not

  • require the disclosure of confidential or exempt information
  • be defamatory, frivolous, vexatious or offensive
  • repeat a question asked before
  • refer to any matter of a personal nature