Isle policing precept to rise

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The policing precept for Humberside is to increase by 1.99 per cent for 2014 to 2015.

This is despite the recommendation of a freeze in the precept by over half of the Police and Crime Panel.

Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Grove informed the Panel of his decision to up the tax at a meeting yesterday (Tuesday).

He presented panel members with a 52-page financial report, proposing an increase of 1.99 per cent to generate £850k.

He said the rise will allow up to 20 more police officers to continue to be employed, and investments to be made in mobile technology to keep officers out in their communities.

The panel recommended a freeze in the precept by a vote of five to four. However, this was not the two-thirds majority needed to veto the Commissioner’s proposal.

In their written comments, the panel felt existing reserves should be used, and further savings in back office costs should be made to maintain frontline policing.

The proposal followed a public consultation survey with over 1,200 residents in which 75 per cent of respondents were reported to be in agreement with Mr Grove’s plans.

The Commissioner said: “I consulted with local people face to face at my street surgeries and commissioned an independent survey.

“I work for the public, and it is their views that have influenced my decision.”

He said he was disappointed at the panel’s response to his proposal.

Nationally, 36 Police and Crime Commissioners have decided to increase their precepts with five outside London deciding to freeze.

The full breakdown of what the rise will mean across Humberside, by property bands, is as follows:

BAND Precept 2014/15 Increase p.a. Increase per wk % of properties

A..... £117.71..... £2.30 4p 46%

B....... £137.33..... £2.68 5p 21%

C..... £156.95..... £3.07 6p 14%

D..... £176.57 £3.45 7p 10%

E..... £215.81..... £4.22 8p 6%

F..... £255.05..... £4.99 10p 2%

G..... £294.28..... £5.75 11p 1%

H..... £353.14 £6.90..... 13p 0%