Lancashire crime commissioner to present tax rise

Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw
Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw
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Lancashire’s residents have backed a proposed two per cent council tax increase, according to the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

Clive Grunshaw, will tell a Police and Crime Panel meeting at Blackburn Town Hall today that 74 per cent of Lancashire’s residents are prepared to see their council tax rise in a bid to protect Lancashire Constabulary in the face of sweeping Government cuts.

And as a result the Commissioner wants to raise council tax by 1.99 per cent – bringing an extra £1.2m a year into Lancashire.

Mr Grunshaw said: “I have had a clear message from residents that they are worried about future reductions in service.

“They fear reduced police visibility and presence, reduced numbers of officers and PCSOs and that crime and anti-social behaviour will 

“To people living in Lancashire, protecting the vulnerable and ensuring safe communities is paramount.”

Over 1400 residents from across the county gave their views as part of a telephone survey, while hundreds engaged with the Commissioner and his team at road shows across the county.

In addition to the savings made to date, a further programme £20.5m of savings is being implemented over the next four years and the Commissioner still has to identify where another £19.7m of savings will come from before 2017/18.