Police propose two per cent council tax increase

Lincolnshire police and crime commissioner candidate Alan Hardwick (Independent)
Lincolnshire police and crime commissioner candidate Alan Hardwick (Independent)

The police and crime commissioner for Lincolnshire has called for an increase in council tax, in order to fund better services for the county.

Alan Hardwick has proposed that the police section of the council tax precept should go up by two per cent – meaning an average rise of seven pence per week for households in the county.

Mr Hardwick said the extra money would be used to maintain police numbers and enable further work to take place within the force, including the introducion of volunteer community support officers and keeping police stations open where there is a demonstrable need.

He added: “My proposal ensures I am able to deliver all of the commitments I have made in my Police and Crime Plan and most importantly means we can maintain 1100 police officers in Lincolnshire.”

The suggestion to increase the police portion of the bill, which makes up just under 15 per cent, is part of the Police and Crime Plan proposals which are to be considered by the Police and Crime panel next week.