Norfolk police tax precept set to rise by more than 10 per cent
Plans to raise the police portion of council tax bills by more than 10 per cent were backed this week after a survey suggested strong public support for the move.
The measure, unanimously approved by Norfolk's police and crime panel today, will add £24 to an annual bill for a typical band D property.
The rise was the highest of three options put to the public in a consultation from the office of police and crime commissioner (PCC) Lorne Green.
Senior officers had warned that a tax freeze would lead to cuts in front-line officer numbers, while the highest rise could enable up to 40 new officers to be recruited.
The PCC's office said two-thirds of around 1170 people who responded to the consultation supported a rise, with 70 per cent of them backing the highest rise, which is the equivalent of 46 pence a week on a band D bill.
Mr Green said: “It is not a decision I ever take lightly and I remain sensitive to the financial pressures on the taxpayers of Norfolk.
"But I have heard loud and clear from the men, women and children of our county that not only do they want crime to be prevented and the law upheld, they also want the assurance that comes from visible policing, from neighbourhood policing.
"It's a budget which allows me to invest in policing both now and in the future.”