Council tax rise by 7p a week to fund police

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Council tax bills will be seven pence a week higher from April to fund Lincolnshire Police, it has been confirmed today.

A 1.95 per cent precept increase to pay for policing in the county was agreed at a meeting of the Lincolnshire Police and Crime Panel this morning.

The rise will add between £2.52 and £7.56 onto council tax bills in 2015/16, meaning householders will in total pay £3.78 more on average next year based on a Band D property.

Lincolnshire Police is facing a 3.5 per cent budget cut, or £3.2 million in the coming financial year which has led Chief Constable Neil Rhodes and Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick to call for a “fair funding settlement” for the county.

Speaking to the Free Press in August, Police and Crime Panel chairman Norman Norris said: “We share the concerns of the Chief Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner to call for a fairer approach to funding for policing the county.

“We fundamentally believe that the funding formula is wrong as it penalises forces, such as Lincolnshire, by not fully considering the size of the area the force covers or the rural issues it faces.

“Further cuts in funding would affect the Force’s ability to effectively police Lincolnshire which already has one of the smallest numbers of police officers in the country (1,100), despite being one of the largest geographic policing areas.”

For the full story, read Tuesday’s Lincolnshire Free Press.