Leicestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner considers council tax rise after survey results

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Hundreds of residents in Leicestershire and Rutland have said they’d be willing to pay more for policing in the coming year - according to the findings of a survey.

About 860 people responded to the survey carried out by Leicestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Clive Loader - who sets the budget for policing services locally.

The survey, carried out at the end of 2014, asked people whether they’d be prepared to pay more in the element of their council tax bills which is spent on policing, known as the policing precept.

Most respondents said they’d be prepared to pay an extra two per cent on their bills for the financial year 2015/2016 – the equivalent of an extra seven pence per week (or £3.64 per year) for the average household.

Sir Clive said: “I want to thank everyone who took part in the survey. Their views will help me in deciding the amount of money to be charged to residents for policing in the coming year.

“The consultation results show a clear preference towards a two per cent increase despite the fact this would represent an extra financial burden – albeit relatively small – on often hard-pressed families. To me, that clearly demonstrates the importance the public place on having a well-resourced police service.

“I will now consider very carefully the views of those respondents, along with many other significant factors, as I decide my proposed precept for 2015/16 for presentation to the Police and Crime Panel at its meeting on January 29.”

Sir Clive added: “Over recent years, the Leicestershire Police force has faced significant financial challenges as the funding provided by Central Government has reduced. During a four year period, savings of over £23m have been found. Should I propose an increase in the policing precept this would go some way to meeting some of those financial challenges while also allowing the chief constable to continue to address key policing priorities that lie ahead.”

A copy of the final survey results will be available on the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicestershire website (www.leics.pcc.police.uk) in due course.