Views wanted on planned increase in council tax for police service

Tim Passmore ANL-150216-155059001
Tim Passmore ANL-150216-155059001

Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner is asking council tax payers whether they would be prepared to pay extra towards the police service.

The consultation, which runs until January 28, asks what residents think about Tim Passmore’s plans to raise the police precept in the next financial year by 1.958 per cent, which for a Band D property equates to an increase of less than 7p each week.

He said: “The government’s financial settlement for Suffolk, announced last month, was based on the assumption that I will take advantage of my power to increase the policing element of the council tax.

“I appreciate this is an additional burden on council tax payers but I intend to use the £830K created by the precept rise to fund 20 police officers to focus on protecting vulnerable people and support the county’s cyber-crime investigations and three PCSOs to work specifically in schools across the county.”

He added, “I want to hear people’s views and urge everyone to take a look at the survey or, if they do not have access to the internet, to write to me directly at Police Headquarters in Martlesham.”

The online survey is at www.suffolk-pcc.gov.uk