Police precept increase proposed

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Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw is to propose a 1.99% increase to the police precept to members of the Police and Crime Panel tonight after overwhelming support for the rise during an extensive consultation.

The proposal comes on the back of a six-week long exercise which gathered comments from more than 2,400 people from all parts of the county.

The Commissioner said: “Lancashire residents have told me by three to one that they support an increase in the council tax precept to help fund police. More than 2,400 people had their say as part of the extensive consultation which is up 600 responses on previous years which just goes to show how strongly people feel about their police.

“In all 75% of the respondents said they would like to see an increase of more than 2% with 52% prepared to pay up to an extra 5% in order to help reduce the cuts facing the police budget this year. The remaining 25% said they wanted to freeze the charge.”