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A message from Zoë Metcalfe, your newly-elected Police Fire and Crime Commissioner

On Monday 13 December, Zoë Metcalfe, North Yorkshire’s newly-elected Police Fire and Crime Commissioner launched her consultation to gather the public’s views on how much they are willing to pay in their council tax for North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

The consultation consists of an open, online survey which all residents are encouraged to complete and a representative sample of 1,000 telephone interviews.

Zoë Metcalfe, your elected Police, Fire, and Crime Commissioner, is responsible for setting the local ‘precepts’ for Police and Fire and Rescue in North Yorkshire and the City of York.

Your council tax bill shows a breakdown for the proportion of council tax paid to the Police Service and separately, the Fire and Rescue Service. This element is known as the ‘precept’ and is the amount you pay to fund these services through your council tax.  The two services have distinct finances and funding and the precept for one cannot fund the other.

Before setting the levels of precept, Zoë would like to know your views on possible options.

Zoë says, “As your new Police, Fire, and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire and the City of York, I have pledged to be a voice for our communities. I will ensure police and fire leaders are supported and challenged to be the best they can and will stand up for where we live and the brave police officers, firefighters, and police and fire staff and volunteers who work so hard to protect us every day.

One of my first duties will be to set the precepts for North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, something every Commissioner has to do every year.

This year, more than ever, it is really important that I hear from as many people as possible. It is never easy asking for more money, and I know that many individuals and families are facing financial pressures in this difficult climate. But so are our services and I want to make sure that our police and fire services are able to continue to invest in the safety of our communities for years to come.”

The survey begins on Monday 13 December and is open until midnight on Thursday 13 January 2022 and can be completed online at www.TellCommissionerZoe.co.uk.

You can find out more about the consultation and current precepts – including what you pay now – at https://www.northyorkshire-pfcc.gov.uk

If you use social media, you can also look out for #TellCommissionerZoe and #HaveYourSay for the latest updates.