South Holland council tax payers could be asked to dig deeper and help plug a £1million police budget gap.
A proposal to put an extra 7p a week on council tax bills across Lincolnshire is being put to the public by the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick after the Government revealed how much cash it is giving each of England’s police forces.
Nationally, funding is being cut by about 20 per cent in 2014-15, with Lincolnshire getting just over £41 million to run its 1,100-strong police force, as well as civilians, special constables and PCSOs (police community support officers).
But an angry Mr Hardwick said: “I’m bitterly disappointed that the Government has given us a grant with one hand and snatched a large part of it away with the other.
“It’s sleight of hand and I don’t think it’s a particularly moral thing to deprive the taxpayers of Lincolnshire of nearly £1million which will go to fund national initiatives.
“I’ve no problem with national initiatives of any sort, provided the taxpayers of Lincolnshire don’t have to fund them.”
The Government is setting up a £50million Police Innovation Fund to promote joint working between police forces, other emergency services, criminal justice bodies and local authorities.
Extra money is also going to the Independent Police Complaints Commission and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary to carry out more checks on police forces in England and Wales.
Norman Norris, chairman of Lincolnshire Police and Crime Panel, said: “We have previously supported and will continue to support the Commissioner in his efforts to secure better funding from the Government.
“It is with this in mind that the panel will scrutinize the Commissioner’s proposals for the police precept at its next scheduled meeting due to be held on February 6, 2014.”