Hants Taxpayers to pay 3% more for policing

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The Hampshire Police and Crime Panel (PCP) has backed the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Hampshire, Michael Lane, in raising the 2017/18 Council Tax precept to pay for policing across the county.

Panel members heard Mr Lane set out his case at their meeting on Friday to raise the precept by 3.12%.

For residents in a Band D property, this will mean an additional £5 for the year 2017/18.

This will see the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight’s charge a total of £165.46 per annum, at Band D in Council Tax for the year beginning 1 April 2017.

Set up in 2012, the Panel’s role is to scrutinise and support the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner, and maintain a regular check and balance on his performance and is comprised of representatives from each of the local authorities in Hampshire  plus two non-political members and Eastleigh Borough Council is represented by Councillor Tonia Craig.

Commenting on the PCP’s majority support for the PCC’s proposal to increase the amount charged in Council Tax, Chairman of Hampshire’s Police and Crime Panel, Councillor David Stewart, said:

“The Hampshire Police and Crime Panel supports the Police and Crime Commissioner’s proposed increase in the Council Tax precept for 2017/18 which we believe will help meet the current and evolving challenges facing officers in keeping our communities safe, tackling issues such as cyber crime and ensuring that Police premises are fit for purpose and more efficient.”

Cllr Craig "It's a small price to pay" pic: EBC

Cllr Craig “It’s a small price to pay” pic: EBC

Cllr Craig, who represents Bursledon and Old Netley as a Liberal Democrat supported the rise but blamed government policy for the hike telling  Eastleigh News :

“I think its a small price to pay for continued Police services given the savage cuts that they have been hit with recently by the Conservative Government.”