Po­lice bud­get means pre­cept set to go up

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH -

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

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