Crime commissioner to consult over increasing police precept

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Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw will be speaking to residents in the coming weeks 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.

Mr Grunshaw said: ““Income raised through council tax is a vital source of police funding – and asking people to pay more is something I need to consider in order to relieve the pressure on frontline policing.

“The average Band D property in Lancashire currently pays £152.92 a year toward policing and the Government is offering a grant of around £600,000 if I freeze the precept at that level. However, if every household saw their precept increased by two per cent - 6p a week for a Band D property – then we would have an extra £1.2m a year to spend on policing. That’s the equivalent of 26 police officers or 46 PCSOs.

“Even though council tax rise are capped and the Government would not allow a 5 per cent increase in precept, I also want to gauge how the public would feel about paying 5 per cent more – an extra 15p a week – in order to get a full understanding of the level of financial support for policing.”

The commissioner will be at St George’s Shopping Centre on January 11 at 11am-1pm. On January 14 he will be at Ribbleton Avenue Community Centre from 6pm.

And at Leyland Library on January 17 between 12.30pm and 2pm.