Council taxes are set to rise again to pay for policing.
Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw has confirmed residents will pay an extra £3.12 a year - six pence a week – after increasing the policing precept by 1.99 per cent. The announcement comes just days after Lancashire County Council announced plans to hike their share of council tax by at least £30 a year.
Police chief Mr Grunshaw said 2,685 people had responded to a cross-party consultation – the largest to date – with 86.5 per cent of residents supporting a tax increase to fund the police.
He thanked residents for supporting the council tax increase for police funding and said the decision will add an extra £1.3 million to their budget - equivalent to 28 police office roles.
He said: “We know how much people in Lancashire value their police and the outcome of the consultation shows this.
“We undertook a telephone survey along with web and paper-based surveys ensuring we could reach as many people as possible.”
Hyndburn council has ruled out a rise in its share of council tax, but has instead cut the level of council tax support from 80 per cent to 73 per cent. Together with the other increases it effectively adds £83 a year to bills for Hyndburn’s worst off residents of working age.