Police chief in roadshow over tax rise plans

Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw

Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw

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The debate over how much Fylde coast residents should pay for policing continues as Lancashire’s police and crime commissioner tours the county.

Clive Grunshaw is on the final leg of his consultation over a 6p per week council tax rise.

A series of four roadshows, ending in Blackpool, mark the final leg of the consultation over the two per cent increase to the police precept, which would raise around £1.3m for the force.

A phone survey of 1,400 is also under way, while more than 1,000 have filled in surveys on the subject.

Mr Grunshaw said another precept rise could save the jobs of 28 police officers or 40 PCSOs. He added: “Most of the money to pay for the police comes from Government but around a quarter comes from council tax.

“The Government has continued to reduce the amount it gives us and residents have generously supported a small increase in funding of around 6p per week – for a band D household – for the last two years.”

Despite a Government pledge to freeze police funding, the force will lose around £1m this year, he said.

He warned of further uncertainty in the future, with a review of police funding due later this year. Mr Grunshaw will be consulting shoppers at the Hounsdshill Shopping Centre from 11.30am to 2pm on January 16.

The online survey, which closes on January 11, is at www.lancashire-pcc.gov.uk