HOW much are you prepared to pay to see more police officers on the beat?
That’s the question Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner will be asking Lytham residents when he comes to town later this week.
Clive Grunshaw is touring the county talking to residents about the possibility of increasing the amount households pay for policing through their council tax as he bids to address a shortfall of up to £20m.
Mr Grunshaw will be at Booths supermarket, Haven Road, Lytham on Friday from 10.30am to 12.30pm and said: “It is absolutely vital Lancashire’s residents are given the chance to have their say on how much they pay for policing. It is no secret we are facing a significant financial challenge and, based on the financial settlement received in December, we now know we need to save up to £20m by 2017/18.
“Income raised through council tax is a vital source of police funding – and asking people to pay more is something I need to consider in order to relieve the pressure on frontline policing.
“In the current financial climate, it is a difficult decision to ask people to pay more. But we need to minimise the impact of the cuts which have been imposed on Lancashire Constabulary by the Government if we are to maintain the high levels of performance which the force prides itself on.
“I hope residents will take this opportunity to talk to me about the financial challenge the police force is facing, and have their say on how much they believe they should pay before a final decision is made.”
Lancashire Constabulary has already saved £60m via controversial measures such as closing the front counter at Lytham police station, and as of last month the Government is asking the Commissioner to find up to another £20m of savings by 2017/18.