Are you willing to pay a bit more?

Swindon Advertiser: Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Wiltshire and Swindon, Angus Macpherson. Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Wiltshire and Swindon, Angus Macpherson.

RESIDENTS in Wiltshire and Swindon have just a few more days to give their views on the proposal to raise the police and crime element of council tax for 2014-15.

A consultation runs until Monday, February 3 by the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Wiltshire and Swindon Angus Macpherson, who is considering an increase in the police precept of council tax of £3.15 a year for the average home (band D property). This is to help reduce the impact of significant central government grant reductions on policing and crime services in Wiltshire and Swindon.

Mr Macpherson said: “The council tax rate for policing and crime services in our area has not increased for the past three years and it will still be the lowest in the south west. I believe people will be willing to pay a little bit more a year towards sustaining high quality policing and crime services in the county.”

An average increase of £3.15 per household would provide the Commissioner with an additional £740,000 of local income for 2014-15.

The current rate of police and crime council tax for an average band D home in Wiltshire and Swindon is £157.77. This would increase to £160.92 under the proposal.

The Commissioner will be meeting with the Police and Crime Panel on Thursday, February 6, where he will formally give his proposal to the panel.

The Commissioner’s website is www.wiltshire-pcc.gov.uk.

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1:46pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Always Grumpy says...

Short answer - no!
Short answer - no! Always Grumpy

2:18pm Thu 30 Jan 14

A.Baron-Cohen says...

No
No A.Baron-Cohen

2:22pm Thu 30 Jan 14

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

I might be willing to pay more if I had any confidence it would actually improve front line policing.
I might be willing to pay more if I had any confidence it would actually improve front line policing. The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man

6:26pm Thu 30 Jan 14

house on the hill says...

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man wrote:
I might be willing to pay more if I had any confidence it would actually improve front line policing.
Agree totally and the same goes for council services too. I don't mind paying for a good service but I object to being forced to pay extra for no improvement.
[quote][p][bold]The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man[/bold] wrote: I might be willing to pay more if I had any confidence it would actually improve front line policing.[/p][/quote]Agree totally and the same goes for council services too. I don't mind paying for a good service but I object to being forced to pay extra for no improvement. house on the hill

9:32am Fri 31 Jan 14

ChannelX says...

No. There is no point whatsoever in paying more for our police force until the problems with our judiciary and their sentencing have been addressed.

It's pointless paying more to arrest people who are then simply allowed to stroll free from court. Often several times.
No. There is no point whatsoever in paying more for our police force until the problems with our judiciary and their sentencing have been addressed. It's pointless paying more to arrest people who are then simply allowed to stroll free from court. Often several times. ChannelX

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