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PCC reveals proposed budget for 2018/19

  • Published: 29-01-2018 at 10:01

AN extra £2.7 million will be raised for policing in Lincolnshire with an average increase of less than 25p a week on council tax.

Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones has revealed his proposed budget for this year includes an increase in council tax of 5.8 per cent – and has committed a further £5.3 million of reserves to protect front line policing.

The total budget of £118 million includes nearly £1m for victims’ services and £1m in crime reduction projects.

Funds provided will enable the force to retain its current 1,100 officers and up to 120 PCSOs.

The budget also includes provision for a significant investment in a new Command & Control system for the police - which will bring significant operational benefits through the better use of resources and data.

A proposed rise has been embraced by respondents to the PCC’s consultation, which was returned by nearly 3,000 people – one of the most comprehensive surveys ever conducted by a commissioner.

The questionnaire asked the level of extra council tax residents are prepared to pay to protect and enhance the police force.

In every single tax band the HIGHEST percentage of people opted for the BIGGEST increase – averaging at more than a third of respondents opting for a 20% increase.

Across all tax bands at least half of people opted for increases of at least 16% - considerably higher than the increase of less than 5.8 per cent proposed.

But Mr Jones warned that, with reserves now depleted, the force faces a funding gap which could hit £6.5m by 2021 if current funding levels do not change but said he was still in talks with ministers and civil servants to seek a solution.

“I am delighted we have been able to provide a balanced budget that will allow the Chief Constable to maintain officer numbers for next year,” he said

“We do face some tough challenges in the years ahead and if we cannot find solutions it’s hard to see how we can maintain service levels. But there is strong support from local MPs and positive on-going dialogue with Whitehall and I will continue to work tirelessly to find a solution.

“In the meantime I am confident we can continue our drive to provide modern, effective and efficient policing for the people of Lincolnshire.”

The full table of proposed tax increases are:

Council Tax Band

2017/18 £

Increase £ per annum

2018/19 £

Increase Pence per week £

A

136.98

7.98

144.96

0.15

B

159.81

9.31

169.12

0.18

C

182.64

10.64

193.28

0.20

D

205.47

11.97

217.44

0.23

E

251.13

14.63

265.76

0.28

F

296.79

17.29

314.08

0.33

G

342.45

19.95

362.40

0.38

H

410.94

23.94

434.88

0.46

For more information contact Jon Grubb from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner on 07780 953575 or mjgrubb@btinternet.com