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Norfolk police and crime panel backs 3.95 per cent council tax rise

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The proportion of council tax paid for police services is set to rise by around £10 for an average householder in West Norfolk after budget plans were approved this morning.

Proposals for a 3.95 per cent increase in the police portion of the charge were backed by Norfolk's police and crime panel at a meeting in Norwich.

The increase equates to 19 pence extra a week, or just under £10 more a year, on bills for people living in an average band D property.

Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green (2625842)
Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green (2625842)

Presenting the plans, Norfolk police and crime commissioner Lorne Green said the measures would allow him to provide around £3 million in extra funding for the county's police.

He said he appreciated that nobody liked paying extra tax, but claimed that a two per cent rise would mean the service could only meet inflationary cost pressures.

He added: "This would not only meet inflation-related cost pressures but also allow us to invest in and improve services in areas such as mental health support in the police control room, additional resources for the 101 service to improve response times and receive calls related to anti-social behaviour, and domestic abuse safeguarding support.”

The meeting was also told that a consultation exercise conducted as part of the budget-setting process revealed that nearly 60 per cent of respondents had said they were prepared to pay more to fund the police, with 70 per cent of them saying they were willing to accept a tax increase of above two per cent.

Just over 900 people took part in the consultation.

Mr Green, who is set to stand down as commissioner when his term ends in May, said: “I have taken into account all the feedback I have received and have concluded that the public safety of our county can best be assured through the budget proposed today – a budget which allows me to invest further in policing both now and in the future.”

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