Police budget means precept set to go up
TAXPAYERS are facing another hike in their bills after Cheshire Police revealed plans to increase its council tax precept by a 3.2 per cent.
The rise equates to 10p per week for residents in a Band D home.
This is in addition to the 3.75pc increase on council tax, which will see Band D residents paying an extra 88p a week for council services.
John Dwyer, Cheshire Police And Crime Commissioner (PCC), said he will use the extra cash - which brings the overall annual budget to £192.5m - to fund an extra 70 police officers.
Other priorities for 2016/17 include: investment in the force’s public protection team to tackle sexual crimes, domestic abuse and emerging threats such as human trafficking and modern-day slavery; strengthening the taskforce, which includes the roads policing unit, to deter and identify organised criminal gangs and those involved in drug offences; maintaining the number of PCSOs and investment in technology.
Mr Dwyer said: “The money for extra officers will help make Cheshire a safer, more prosperous county and one that remains hostile to criminals.”
A consultation exercise during December and January revealed that 56.3 per cent of 1,065 respondents said they would pay 10p per week extra.
●● PCC John Dwyer