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  1. Met officer numbers forecast to fall to 'lowest level since 2002' without extra funding, warns mayor Sadiq Khan. Policing is set for a “double your money” council tax windfall to fight the rising tide of violent crime as officer number forecasts for Britain’s biggest force predict the lowest level since 2002 – unless funding increases. London mayor Sadiq Khan claims Metropolitan Police numbers could drop to 26,800 if further savings are demanded from the force. Mr Khan is due to meet the Home Secretary Sajid Javid on Tuesday to discuss the police funding settlement for next year, amid reports a provisional agreement has been brokered with Chancellor Philip Hammond and Communities Secretary James Brokenshire to increase the precept charged by local authorities on behalf of forces. The amount police and crime commissioners will be able to impose will rise from £1 a month to £2 a month from April 2019 – an extra £24 per household each year – which could raise around £450 million for forces in England and Wales, according to the report. The government is expected to make an announcement next week. As well as the increase in council tax, it is understood the Home Office and Treasury could also commit another £170 million to general police funding. But the London force is required to make a further £335 million worth of savings by 2022, according to Mr Khan's office, basing its figures on "updated and detailed" calculations by the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime ahead of the Mayor's next budget. The figure is £10 million more than previous forecasts, claiming it could lead to officer numbers falling to their lowest level since 2002. The forecast projects that by 2022, further planned cuts will take Metropolitan Police officer numbers down to 26,800, for a population of more than nine million people. When officer numbers were last that low, London’s population was seven million. Until 2010 officer numbers were broadly holding at around the 30,000 mark or just above. In that year it had 33,367 officers for a population of 8,054,000, meaning it had 4.1 police officers per thousand people. Now it has 29,654 officers for a population of nine million, or 3.3 officers per thousand people, and the number of officers is forecast to fall, despite London’s population growing since the start of this century – and forecast to hit 10 million by 2030. Historically, London has had more officers per hundred thousand population than other big urban forces because the capital is seen as having more complex needs. The budget forecast also takes account of a change in police pensions which will require Scotland Yard to meet an increase in its annual pension bill of £104 million from 2020, equivalent to more than 1,700 officers, the Mayor's office added. It said the calculations were made on the basis that Mr Khan will increase the policing element of the council tax precept by 5.1 per cent, or £12 per household – half the reported future rise. This would raise an additional £49 million which is equivalent to 800 police officers, the office added. Mr Khan said: "The causes of violent crime are extremely complex, but there is no doubt it has been made far worse by huge government cuts to the police and youth services. "Even the Home Secretary has finally admitted that the Met won't be able to tackle violent crime without more funding from the Government. "Now we urgently need to see action to avoid officer numbers falling even further. "Government cuts have led to London losing 3,000 police officers and more than 3,000 PCSOs and 5,000 police staff and I'm genuinely concerned about how we keep Londoners safe with officer numbers as low as 26,800. "Ministers need to reverse the £1 billion savings forced on the Met and reverse their cuts on youth services and other preventative services so that we can keep our city safe." Police chiefs nationally are threatening to sue the government unless it relieves the new financial burden placed on forces by the government’s decision on police pensions. View on Police Oracle
  2. maccalen999

    Vehicles With No Tax

    As it's so simple to check if a vehicle has tax nowadays, I'm wondering if there is a 'best' way of dealing with perpetrators? Is there a TOR for it?
  3. Rogue One

    PAYE Number

    Hi all. I'm still waiting on access to the BTP members area so I'll have to post here. Could anyone give me the PAYE number for BTP so I can complete a tax relief form? Thanks in advance. Tom
  4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-34515639 do you think there will be a few test purchases first? Mmmm pizza...
  5. Hello Everyone Can someone help me I forgot to pay my council tax and now I have been given a liability order, and they are taking what I owe from my employer, I am really ashamed, it not I did not want to pay I simply forgot about it, will this affect my vetting when I apply to the police will they still give me a chance? Thanks Tru
  6. http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/boris-johnson-hands-serving-special-constables-150-council-tax-cut-10057670.html This has had a mostly positive but mixed reception on UKCH, what are peoples thoughts on here?
  7. Chief Cheetah

    Empty Property

    Wish it was for me but genuinely asking for a mate.   Buying a house that is empty.  There is a generous reduction in tax if it has been empty for 2 years or more and you are refurbishing to bring it back into use.   Looking for advice on how to prove it's been empty for two years or more.   Spoken with council, very unhelpful although not given up with them yet but any more suggestions are very welcome.   Cheers   Cheetah

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