Police’s council tax precept to go up 2%
Crime panel chairman says increase is ‘acceptable’
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.
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.