Po­lice’s coun­cil tax pre­cept to go up 2%

Crime panel chair­man says in­crease is ‘ac­cept­able’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jo-Anne Rowney jo-anne.rowney@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

AN in­crease in the coun­cil tax pre­cept for po­lice of nearly two per cent has been ap­proved.

Mem­bers of the Thames Val­ley Po­lice and Crime Panel agreed to in­crease the pre­cept by 1.99 per cent for 2015/16 at its meet­ing on Fri­day, Jan­uary 30.

Ev­ery coun­cil tax payer pays a set amount to­wards polic­ing as part of their an­nual coun­cil tax bill.

Com­mis­sioner An­thony Stans­feld pre­sented his bud­get plans to the panel, re­port­ing that the force’s cen­tral gov­ern­ment fund­ing had been cut by al­most five per cent for the com­ing fi­nan­cial year.

He said that although some as­sump­tions had to be made re­gard­ing fu­ture gov­ern­ment grant fund­ing, the pre­cept in­crease would mit­i­gate any ad­verse im­pact of fund­ing on front­line polic­ing; would sup­port de­liv­ery of the po­lice and crime plan; and en­able ad­di­tional fund­ing for the in­tro­duc­tion of the Berk­shire Multi-Agency Safe­guard­ing Hubs (MASH) and other re­sources to help pro­tect vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple.

Panel chair­man Trevor Egle­ton said: “We un­der­stand that few peo­ple wel­come an in­crease in their coun­cil tax bill, but we be­lieve the in­crease is ac­cept­able given that it is in line with most other ar­eas na­tion­ally.”

Panel mem­bers also re­ceived an up­date from the com­mis­sioner on the re­cruit­ment of the new chief constable for the Thames Val­ley.

The com­mis­sioner

Com­mis­sioner An­thony Stans­feld re­ported he hopes to be Thorn­ton is ex­pected to able to an­nounce the take up her new role as ap­point­ment by the end chair of the Na­tional of March. Po­lice Chiefs’ Coun­cil in

Chief constable April.

Sara

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