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£1 a month tax rise proposed to fund Wiltshire Police

£1 a month tax rise proposed to fund Wiltshire Police

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 8:10pm 6th January 2020. (Updated at 9:34pm 6th January 2020)

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The Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon has been looking at the next financial year.

Angus Macpherson is asking residents whether they'd be prepared to pay £1 a month from April 2020 to "maintain local policing."

It means the amount the average household in a band D property would pay towards Wiltshire Police, known as the policing precept, would rise from £206 to £218.

The proposed rise, which Mr Macpherson has described as  the "minimum  needed" follows an increase for the current financial year of £2 a month.

That money was uses to recruit 41 officers and two dedicated cyber crime staff.

WHY IS AN INCREASE PROPOSED AGAIN?

Mr Macpherson says more resources are needed to deal with cyber crime stressing the force's "capacity to deal with digital investigations has also increased, and in line with global trends, will need to continue to do so in the future."

He also says the announcement  in October that Wiltshire Police will  get an additional 49  officers, expected to be fully funded by the Government, is "not a quick fix".

"We still need to make savings in other areas across the Force to meet increased costs such as inflation, national pay awards and increased demand.

"In order to maintain services at their current level, I need to protect both officer and staff numbers. I can only do this if funding allows. With your support in this increase in council tax and the national increase in officers, we will increase officers from 979 to 1028. It will also protect the 131 PCSOs and 991 staff members across the Force."

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Wiltshire's PCC says the proposed precept rise is needed to protect officer numbers

PLEA FOR MORE FUNDING:

The Police and Crime Commissioner says one of the problems is that Wiltshire Police receives the third lowest funding per head of population in England and Wales.

He's been pressing for a review for the past five year and hopes "a strong Government will now address this inequality."

"I am still waiting to hear from the Home Office on the detail of our settlement for the next financial year, but in the meantime, I want to hear your views on my proposed increase.

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HAVE YOUR SAY?

A consultation is underway on the proposal.

You have until January the 31st to have your say and you can do so via the official survey link www.surveymonkey.co.uk

 

 

 

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