27th Mar, 2017

Chief of Police suggests freezing share of council tax

Andy Morris 7th Jan, 2017

THE CHIEF of Warwickshire Police has proposed freezing the police’s share of council tax.

Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe wants the portion of Council Tax bills which is spent on policing to remain unchanged for 2017/18.

Mr Seccombe said he would fund any budget shortfall by using reserves from previous savings and underspends – but warned the force would need to make future savings once the funds were depleted.

He said: “These are very difficult economic times for many people and there are also increasingly large pressures on the budgets of local authorities and other public-sector bodies.

“However, I do not think it would be fair to ask the taxpayers of Warwickshire to fund this locally while the force has financial reserves at its disposal.

“I am keen however to hear people’s views on this, so I would urge all Warwickshire residents to take part in the consultation to tell me whether you back my proposal.”

Mr Seccombe is asking the public for feedback on the proposal. Visit www.warwickshire-pcc.gov.uk/preceptsurvey or email opcc@warwickshire.gov.uk to participate. Feedback can also be given by writing to Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner, 3 Northgate Street, Warwick CV34 4SP.

The consultation will run until midday on Tuesday January 31.