Norfolk police commissioner launches council tax consultation
Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green has today launched a public consultation on whether council tax should be increased to fund police services.
A new document, published this week, lists three options for a potential increase, as well as an alternative of freezing the charge at current levels.
But it also warns that a freeze would force bosses to find savings equivalent to 90 frontline officers, while the proposed maximum rise would allow up to 40 extra officers to be recruited.
The proposed options for an increase would add either £8, £16 or £24 to the annual council tax bill for residents living in an average band D property, although officials say most residents would pay less as they live in homes that are classed in lower tax bands.
Mr Green said he had been warned cuts were “inevitable” without an increase in tax.
He added: “I have spent a great deal of time over the past year listening to Norfolk communities. They tell me not only do they want to be safe, they want to feel safe.
“At the same time I recognise the financial situation for policing continues to be extremely challenging.
“Some 56 per cent of Norfolk’s policing budget is funded by central government, meaning your council tax makes up the rest - so I want all Norfolk residents to have the opportunity to have their say.
To take part, email TellLorne@norfolk.pnn.police.uk, phone 01953 424455 or write to OPCCN, Jubilee House, Building 8, Falconers Chase, Wymondham, NR18 0WW.
The consultation ends on January 30. Mr Green’s budget proposals are then due to be considered at a meeting of the county’s police and crime panel on February 5.