Precept rise to cover cuts from Govt

Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick EMN-140519-162821001
Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick EMN-140519-162821001
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Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick has welcomed the decision to approve his proposal to increase the 2015-16 Police precept by 1.95 per cent.

“I am delighted at the unanimous vote by the Police and Crime Panel to approve the 1.95 per cent increase in the police precept which I had proposed,” he said.

“This means that my pledge to keep 1100 front line officers and 149 PCSO’s can continue to be honoured. Neighbourhood Policing will not be under threat and I am delighted.”

The rise will mean a weekly increase for a Band D Council Tax payer of seven pence 
(£3.78 a year).

Mr Hardwick said the provisional grant announcement by central government was disappointing.

“I have written to the Home Secretary expressing my dissatisfaction with the way in which the funding available has been 
allocated, and setting out clearly the approach that the Home Office should take to provide a fair funding deal for the people of Lincolnshire.

“We continue to be in dialogue with the Home Office and the Policing Minister about funding for the force and look forward to welcoming a team of his officials to see the way we work and then later, both the Police Minister and the Home Secretary have accepted our invitations to visit Lincolnshire Police and see the way we police,” he said.

“If other forces policed like us the Government could save hundreds of millions of pounds without having to cut us back year 
after year.”