Extra 1.99% council tax for our policing

Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw
Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw

Residents in Lancashire will pay an extra 1.99 per cent for policing, it has been confirmed.

The county’s Police and Crime Commissioner officially signed off his budget and Clive Grunshaw is asking residents to pay more to help Lancashire police cope with the Government cuts being imposed on them.

Mr Grunshaw made the decision – which has been formally supported by the Police and Crime Panel - after gaining the overwhelming support of Lancashire’s residents.

A survey of 1,405 residents showed 74 per cent were prepared to pay more for policing, while hundreds more voted in favour of an increase at the Commissioner’s roadshows and online.

The Commissioner said: “Raising council tax will bring an extra £1.2m in Lancashire – money which is vital if we are to help maintain the resilience of the force in the wake of the Government cuts.Unfortunately, I am not in a situation where I can guarantee more police officers for residents as a result of the precept increase.

“However, what I can say is that I do have money to invest this year which can be spent on improving frontline visibility – and making what we have go further. I have voiced my disappointment to the Government at the level of cuts which have been levelled against policing in Lancashire, and I hope the Home Secretary will listen and allow me the resources to give Lancashire’s residents the policing they want and deserve.” The total budget available to the Commissioner is £266m.

As a result of the increase in precept, the average Band D property will see their bills rise by £3 a year.