Police’s share of council tax to rise

Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner, Clive Grunshaw
Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner, Clive Grunshaw
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Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner is set to raise the precept by 1.99 per cent to help the force deal with the impact of cuts.

Clive Grunshaw presented his plans to the county’s Police and Crime Panel on Monday and members backed his decision to ask for a rise.

Mr Grunshaw said during the consultation 75 per cent of people said they would like to see an increase of more than two per cent.

He added: “An increase of two per cent is worth £1.2m to the police budget each year and a five per cent increase would be worth £3.1m, however I have decided against raising the charge by this amount.

“This is because if I want to raise the charge by more than two per cent, I would need to conduct a referendum across Lancashire.

“The cost of the referendum is estimated to be £1.5m which would have to come out of any additional money raised.”