Each year your council tax bill tells you what you pay for your local council’s services, as well as what you contribute to other important Greater Manchester-wide public services, such as the Police and Fire and Rescue Service.
These Greater Manchester contributions are called “precepts” and always appear on your bill. The Mayor of Greater Manchester is responsible for setting these precepts.
On the bill there will be two sections which refer to Mayoral precepts. One is for the policing precept, which used to be the responsibility of the Police and Crime Commissioner, in whose name this used to appear on your bill. On your bill, this will be called the "Mayoral Police and Crime Commissioner Precept".
For 2022/23 the Mayoral Police and Crime Commissioner precept is £228.30 per year (for a Band D property) an increase of £10 (4.6%) per year. The increase in precept funding is critical to the delivery of the improvements which together with the central Government grant will deliver:
- The transformation of the GMP contact centre for 999 and 101 calls – increasing staffing levels and flexibility to ensure calls are answered quickly and police officers are sent to those in need immediately.
- 438 additional police officers, with 60 of them dedicated to road safety which will allow travel safe officers to focus on other policing such as public transport safety.
- Continuation of the new Operation Avro days of action. These days which will take place in each area of Greater Manchester will see a surge of officers and specially trained teams dealing with issues communities tell GMP they want to see dealt with.
- A community messaging system that Neighbourhood Policing Teams will use to inform local communities about what they are doing and that the public can use to get more involved in working with local police officers to identify issues of concern within the locality.
The other is called the "Mayoral General Precept". The vast majority of this comprises the costs of the Fire Service, with a small amount going to pay for other Mayoral functions.
For 2022/23 the Mayoral General precept (including Fire Services) is £102.95 per year (for a Band D property) an increase of £12 (13.2%) per year. Of this £71.20 relates to Fire and Rescue Services and £31.75 relates to Mayoral General functions. The precept increase in relation to GMFRS is required to ensure there is no impact on frontline fire cover. The Mayor has committed to continuing with 50 fire engines throughout 2022/23 with crewing at the current level of five firefighters at one pump stations and four firefighters on each engine at two pump stations.
The Mayoral General precept increase will enable:
- The continuation of the flagship A Bed Every Night scheme into the next financial year. This scheme is core to the reduction in rough sleeping by 67% in Greater Manchester since 2017 and it will continue to support local schemes and homelessness partnerships to end rough sleeping across the region.
- Extension of the Our Pass pilot scheme for a further 12 months from September 2022, providing free bus travel within Greater Manchester for 16-18 year olds.
- Bus Reform implementation as a key step toward development of The Bee Network, an integrated ‘London-style’ transport system which will join together buses, trams, cycling and walking and other shared mobility services by 2024.
The following pages give all the financial details of these precepts, and compare them to what you paid last year:
We’ve also given details of the costs of transport in Greater Manchester. This doesn’t appear on your bill as it is mostly funded through a levy contribution from the local districts, with a smaller proportion coming from the Mayoral precept.
Municipal waste disposal is funded through a levy on nine of the Greater Manchester district councils, while Wigan operates as a unitary authority and administers its own disposal arrangements. The levy funds the operation of a network of waste management facilities. This doesn’t appear on your council tax bill.
All of these issues have been considered by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, and a number of reports have been published: