Residents have a say on police budget

Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire Clive Grunshaw
Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire Clive Grunshaw

How much are you prepared to pay for policing?

That’s the question Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner will be asking this month when he heads off to speak to residents across the county.

Clive Grunshaw wants to talk to residents about the possibility of increasing the amount households pay for policing through their council tax as he bids to address a shortfall of up to £20m.

And over the next two weeks people will have the chance to make their views known at events being held in libraries, shopping centres, and during PACT meetings all over Lancashire.

Residents who attend will be able to speak to the Commissioner about the policing budget, and have their say on whether the precept should be increased before a final decision is made.

Lancashire Constabulary has already saved £60m, and as of last month the Government is asking the Commissioner to find up to another £20m of savings by 2017/18.

Consultation events on the budget for 2014/15 will be held in the following locations locally:

Thursday, January 9, 2pm - 4pm – Morecambe Library, Central Drive, Morecambe

Monday, January 13, 12pm–2pm – Joining Mobile Library in Carnforth on route including Monastery of Our Lady of Hyning, Hyning Hall, Warton (12-12.20pm) and the car park behind the New Inn, 40 Yealand Road, Yealand Conyers (1.55-2.10pm).3pm-5pm – Lancaster Library.