Police commissioner to hold King’s Lynn consultation on tax rise plan

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As the financial outlook “remains bleak” for Norfolk police, residents are being asked whether they would pay more to help fund the service.

The county’s Police and Crime Commissioner Stephen Bett will soon have to decide whether to increase or freeze the policing element of the council tax for 2015/2016 and set the police budget – and wants to know what taxpayers think before he does.

He is now running a public consultation throughout January, with a public meeting in Lynn and an online survey to gather people’s views.

If the commissioner decided to increase the police precept, which makes up 14 per cent of the total council tax bill, it would rise by two per cent, an average of £4 per year.

Mr Bett said: “It is very clear that the financial position remains bleak. It is also clear austerity will be with us until at least 2020 and the Government shows no sign of protecting policing.

“While we work with less and less, demand on policing continues to increase and change.

“Before I make any decisions on whether to raise the precept, I want to hear what Norfolk’s people think.”

The public consultation is being held on Wednesday, January 21, from 12 noon at The Assembly Room in Lynn Town Hall, Saturday Market Place. To register a question to be answered at the public meeting, please email opccn@norfolk.pnn.police.uk

The online survey, open until January 30, is available at: www.norfolk-pcc.gov.uk/would-you-pay-more-to-help-fund-your-police-service