Bridlington residents asked for their views on a rise in the police's share of council tax

People in Bridlington are being asked for their views on a rise in the share of council tax that goes to the police.

Wednesday, 22nd January 2020, 9:16 am
Updated Wednesday, 22nd January 2020, 9:18 am

Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner Keith Hunter is proposing a 2.2 per cent increase in the police precept.

The rise would equate to an extra £3.28 per year for Band A properties, £3.81 for Band B properties, £4.36 for Band C properties and £4.91 for Band D properties.

The commissioner said he is still to hear what funding Humberside Police will receive from the Government, as December’s General Election had delayed the decision.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside Keith Hunter outside his office in Cottingham. PIC: Gary Longbottom/ JPIMedia

But as the force is required to consult with residents before a decision is made next month, he has decided to propose the inflation-only increase.

“Although we await the final settlement, I have made some assumptions based upon recent Government announcements that there will be no further cuts to policing,” said Mr Hunter.

“I am also very aware that council tax payers have been hit by relatively large rises in recent years as the Government increasingly transferred the burden of paying for policing from central Government to local taxpayers.

“I am therefore proposing an inflation-only increase. If we continue with our stringent efficiency plan, making millions of pounds of savings, this will enable us to maintain current numbers of officers with the potential for growth should the Government deliver on its recent announcements of additional officers.”

Mr Hunter urged people to share their views by visiting www.humberside-pcc.gov.uk/News/News-Archive/2020/Police-Funding-202021-Give-Your-Views.aspxThe survey will close at noon on Wednesday, January 29.