“Council tax increase will help avoid cuts”

26 January 2018

Police and Crime Commissioner Michael Lane will be setting a £12 a year increase in council tax for a Band D household for 2018/19.

At its meeting on 26 January the Hampshire Police and Crime Panel supported the precept increase of £12 per annum for a Band D household. They recommended this increase be used only to fund police officers and staff.

“Police and Crime Commissioner Michael Lane, commenting on the outcome of the meeting, “The £12 increase will help us to avoid making cuts that would otherwise be needed in the coming year – it will for example enable us to maintain the current levels of neighbourhood policing this year, which I know is valued by, and a priority for, our communities. It also gives us the opportunity to invest in technology and the time to develop new service delivery models that will be a strong foundation for effective and efficient policing in the future.”

“I want to reassure the public that I challenge the Chief Constable on a regular basis about keeping us safe and the risks that she perceives. She assures me that keeping the public safe from the greatest threats and risks of harm is what she will continue to deliver, enabled by the £12 increase which has her endorsement.”

“My highest priority is to protect all the people that I serve, with determination and energy, to keep them safer and add value. I am absolutely certain that £12 is necessary to keep all those we serve and will therefore exercise that right and am willing to debate and be challenged on delivery.”

“I will reflect on the Panel’s recommendation of how the precept is distributed across policing and my office. I follow a strict public service ethos and always test that anything I do represents added value. My office costs less than 1% of the budget and almost all is spent on what I am mandated, by Government, to deliver.”

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