The Police and Crime Commissioner has announced he plans to consult the public over a 1.99% per year rise in council tax to plug funding gaps
BY MARK EDWARDS
Surrey’s Police and Crime Commissioner has launched a consultation on whether residents are willing to pay more towards policing through council tax.
Kevin Hurley is hoping tax-payers will be willing to pay 1.99% more per year, around £4.30 for a Band D property, to plug funding gaps in Surrey Police.
Mr Hurley said: “Although the Chancellor has protected policing in cash terms, there will be no increases in our government grant to account for inflation. As a result, we will still have to make savings in the years to come.
“Additionally, emerging crimes such as child sexual exploitation, domestic abuse and cyber crime mean that more of our resources need to be used in these very serious areas, leading to fewer officers out on the beat.
“We live in a beautiful and safe county, and I want to do my best to keep it that way.
“This small increase would allow Surrey Police to protect 45 members of staff from redundancy, helping us to answer the phones faster, and ensure that the police are always there when you need them.
“I encourage the Surrey public to have their say.”
Last year Mr Hurley attempted to have a referendum on raising the police precept proportion of council taxpayers bills at the same time as the May elections but scrapped the plans after a public backlash
The consultation is open for the next two weeks and can be accessed via the Surrey PCC website.