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VIDEO: Police commissioner eyes increase in bills to save police levels

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The police portion of the council tax bill could rise by about two per cent in a bid to keep the same number of officers on the beat.

The police portion of the council tax bill could rise by about two per cent in a bid to keep the same number of officers on the beat.

Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick announced plans last week to ask taxpayers for more to help deliver his plan to fight crime in the county.

He says that a two per cent increase will help keep Lincolnshire’s 1,100 officers and make that figure ‘sustainable’.

He said: “It’s a penny a day for people in a band D house in Lincolnshire but the vast majority of people live in band A, B or C so that’s between 5 and 6p a week extra.”

The precept rise, along with Mr Hardwick’s plan, will be considered by the police and crime panel today. The panel meets at East Lindsey District Council’s Manby HQ at 1pm.

Mr Hardwick said: “I am confident that they will see that the two per cent rise is reasonable and, actually, necessary.”

Last week it was also revealed that Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire’s proposed deal for back office services with G4S had collapsed.Mr Hardwick said that will have no impact on our force’s £200m contract with the private firm.

He said: “ Our relationship with G4S continues to be a successful one.

“Following the smooth transfer of former Lincolnshire police staff, our strategic partner is providing essential services to the people of Lincolnshire, undertaking transformational work to drive efficiency and we are realising financial savings.”

Click on the video for an interview with mr hardwick looking back on his first three months as Lincolnshire’s first Police and Crime Commissioner.

 

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