A police chief is inviting people in Sunderland to have their say on how much they have to pay to keep the streets safe.
Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, is asking for the views of local residents on the amount of money households are asked to pay for local policing.
The Government recently announced that Northumbria Police would receive £217.5m but Chancellor George Osborne has set that budget expecting Mrs Baird to raise the precept - paid by residents through their Counci,Tax - by £5.00 for a band D property to raise £2.05m.
If the police precept is set any less than this it will impact on the cash available for local policing in Northumbria.
In Northumbria a band D property currently pays £1.70 per week in council tax for their police service.
A £5.00 increase, as suggested by the government,would mean that - over the year - a band D householder would pay an extra 10p a week.
Most residents living in Northumbria have a band A property and currently pay £1.13 per week, so for those living in a band A property the increase would be an extra 7p a week (£3.64 for the full year).
Mrs Bair said: “The Chief Constable and I are doing our very best to preserve the high standards of policing that we are used to here and we have looked at all options to save money to protect neighbourhood policing. If the police precept is not increased by £5 per year for a band D property, it will have an impact on the cash available for policing in Northumbria.
"The Chancellor did not consult on whether our, or anyone else’s, police precept should be increased but has budgeted on the basis that it will be. He is, in effect, saying that we must raise the precept or lose out.
"I am therefore asking if people would be content to pay a maximum increase of 10p a week on a Band D property to protect our local policing. I want to hear what local residents think is best for Northumbria.”
People are being invited to email their views to email@example.com
To ensure their views are part of the consultation, residents must include their home address. All responses should be received by January 22..