Views sought over rise in council tax
RESIDENTS are being asked how much they’d be willing to pay for policing – proposing a rise in council tax
You are being asked your views on three potential options for Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner John Dwyer. They include:
• No increase in council tax – cutting police budgets and leading to a reduction in the number of frontline police officers.
• A 6p per week (two per cent) increase in council tax for a Band D property, maintaining current spending on police services and protecting our current number of police officers.
•A 10p per week increase in council tax for a Band D property (3.2 per cent), an increase of £1.8m to the police budget, all of which will be spent on extra police officers.
Mr Dwyer said: “We were all delighted when the Government announced recently that it would allow Police and Crime Commissioners to protect police budgets. However, we now know that the Government’s commitment depends upon commissioners, including myself, increasing our share of the council tax by two per cent from April 2016.
“In Cheshire’s case, a two per cent increase would equate to a 6p per week increase in council tax for a Band D property in order to enable existing policing services to be maintained. Otherwise, we will have to make cuts in police budgets for next year.
“For those commissioners who have historically kept council tax low, as I have in Cheshire, the Chancellor is allowing us to increase the police precept up to £5 a year.
“If this additional flexibility were applied in Cheshire, it would result in a 3.2 per cent increase in council tax, which equates to 10p per week for a Band D property.
“This additional 4p per week investment would enable me to increase spending on frontline police services in the next financial year.
“I have committed to using any increase in funding to increase the numbers of police officers on our streets and to enhance the constabulary’s ability to protect neighbourhoods from harm.”
An online survey will run until January 14 at www.cheshire-pcc.gov.uk/ Home.aspx and via the commissioner’s social media accounts.
You can also write to: Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, Clemonds Hey, Oakmere Road, Winsford, Cheshire, CW7 2UA.