‘80% want tax increase’ says Lancashire policing boss

Clive Grunshaw police and crime commissioner

Clive Grunshaw police and crime commissioner

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Lancashire’s police and crime commissioner Clive Grunshaw has written to Home Secretary Theresa May, urging a rethink over police funding.

In the letter Mr Grunshaw argues that police budgets are bearing an ‘unfair level’ of cuts.

Mr Grunshaw has been on the road, asking residents for their views on council tax – and reckons most of those he has spoken to are happy to pay an extra 15p per week for their police precept.

However, the Government will not allow the Commissioner to raise council tax above two per cent without staging a referendum.

His letter says: “I’ve recently polled Lancashire residents and 80 per cent told me they are willing to pay a council tax increase above the referendum threshold – more than half of those surveyed said they wanted a five per cent increase.”