PCC proposes council tax increase of less than 3p a day
A COUNCIL tax rise of less than 3p a day is being proposed by the Police and Crime Commissioner to raise an extra £1.8m to invest in front line services.
PCC Marc Jones has proposed a rise of 4.1 per cent – which for nearly 85 per cent of residents means an increase of less than 20p a week.
Mr Jones has pledged to spend the extra funds on an additional recruitment of officers in 2020 and projects which deter criminals from coming to the county or committing crimes within its borders.
Extra resources will also be dedicated to “seeking out, arresting and gathering evidence to prosecute offenders”.
The extra money will be committed to a series of developments agreed with the Chief Constable and include:
- Funding to deliver an additional recruitment of officers in 2020.
- Make our roads hostile to criminals hoping to target our community with funding for new marked and unmarked cars fitted with the latest offender detection technology.
- Provide the Chief Constable with funding to expand specialist units including firearms, the dog section and the economic crime team take the fight to criminals seize their assets.
- Extra funding to recruit and train Special Constables and ‘specialist’ volunteers with further expansion of police cadets.
- To build on the work that has made Lincolnshire Police’s 999 call times the envy of other Forces by Investing further in 101 and online reporting tools to improve service to the public.
The proposed increase, if supported by the Police and Crime Panel, will create a budget of £95.5 million for the Chief Constable – an increase on the £92 million made available last year.
The overall budget will also include £23.3 million for the G4S contract and £4 million for joint services run in partnership with other regional forces.
Mr Jones made his proposal after receiving overwhelming support from the public in support of raising council tax to fund policing.
In the PCC’s recent annual survey 3,300 people filled out the online questionnaire with 80 per cent backing a council tax rise of at least five per cent.
In fact two thirds of participants chose increases of 15% or 20% - at least THREE times the proposed increase of 4.1%.
The results of the survey can be found Here
Mr Jones said: “I am hugely grateful for the support I have received from the public who have made it clear they are prepared to support investment in policing.
“We remain one of the safest counties in the UK and yet have the lowest spend per head on policing in the UK and I will continue with my drive to work with the Chief Constable to create a modern, efficient and effective force.
“This extra money will allow investment in projects that will seek to deter criminals from coming to our county or committing crimes within our borders as well as support reduction of crime and harm within our County.
“For those we cannot deter I will provide more resources dedicated to seeking out, arresting and gathering evidence to prosecute those offenders.”