Lancashire crime boss takes proposal to raise council tax to panel

Clive Grunshaw
Clive Grunshaw
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Lancashire’s police and crime commissioner will tonight propose an increase in the police’s share of council tax.

Mr Grunshaw will make a proposal for a 1.99 per cent increase to the police precept to members of the Police and Crime Panel at a meeting in County Hall in Preston.

The proposal comes on the back of a six-week long exercise which gathered comments from more than 2,400 people.

Mr Grunshaw said: “Lancashire residents have told me by three to one that they support an increase in the council tax precept to help fund police. In all 75 per cent of the respondents said they would like to see an increase of more than two per cent with 52 per cent prepared to pay up to an extra five per cent in order to help reduce the cuts facing the police budget this year. The remaining 25 per cent said they wanted to freeze the charge.”

The panel will have until February 8 to decide whether to accept the proposal. The meeting starts at 6.30pm.