Cost of policing could rise by £12 per household

PUBLISHED: 17:43 19 December 2017 | UPDATED: 21:55 19 December 2017

Norfolk Police and Crime Commisssioner Lorne Green.

Norfolk Police and Crime Commisssioner Lorne Green. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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The Police and Crime Commissioner has welcomed news the force could up funding by raising council tax contributions by as much as £12 a year.

Norfolk PCC Lorne Green has been lobbying central government for more flexibility to enable the force to raise money in different ways.

He said: “I have lobbied hard for central government to look again at police funding and allow PCCs more flexibility to respond to funding challenges and local policing needs. I have been communicating directly with the prime minster, home secretary and policing minister over several months.

“In preparation for setting the 2018/19 policing budget I have been listening to the views of our chief constable on what he needs in order to deliver an efficient and effective service, and to the views of our county’s residents on what they are prepared to contribute through their council tax to help fund that service.”

Mr Green has been running a public consultation on funding which ends at 12.30pm on December 21.

He added: “What I have been asking is whether Norfolk taxpayers want a policing council tax freeze at last year’s level or whether they are prepared to pay more to support their policing service. And, if they would be willing to pay more, how much more would they be prepared to pay – a question which is even more relevant in light of today’s announcement.”

Once the consultation results have been reviewed Mr Green will present his findings and make a recommendation to the Police and Crime Panel in February.

Making the announcement that forces nationwide will receive an extra £450m as well as the flexibility Mr Green had been demanding, Policing Minister Nick Hurd said: “We have listened to their concerns and now we have proposed a funding settlement that will strengthen the police’s ability to fight crime and keep us all safe.

“Whether it is your local force or counter-terrorism capabilities, this is a comprehensive settlement to strengthen the police now and make forces fit for the future.”

But shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said: “The minister says that he has been listening to Chief Constables and Police Crime Commissioners; on this side of the House we would contend that he hasn’t been listening hard enough.”

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