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Council tax payers asked their views on policing precept

Friday, 15th January 2016.

Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore is asking Suffolk council tax payers whether they would be prepared to pay a little bit extra each week towards the police service they receive.

The consultation, which runs until January 28th, asks what Suffolk residents think about the PCC’s proposal to raise the police precept in the next financial year by 1.958%, which for a Band D property equates to an increase of less than 7p each week.

Tim Passmore said, “Suffolk Constabulary faces significant financial challenges in the coming financial years, they also face radical changes across the policing landscape.

“The government's financial settlement for Suffolk, announced last month, was based on the assumption that I will take advantage of my power to increase the policing element of the council tax. I appreciate this is an additional burden on council tax payers but I intend to use the £830K created by the precept rise to fund 20 police officers to focus on protecting vulnerable people and support the county's cyber-crime investigations and three PCSOs to work specifically in schools across the county.”

He added, “I want to hear people’s views and urge everyone to take a look at the survey or, if they do not have access to the internet, to write to me directly at Police Headquarters in Martlesham.

“Please take a look at our online survey at www.suffolk-pcc.gov.uk and tell me what you think.”

The survey closes at 4pm on January 28th.

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