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North Yorkshire's police precept set to rise

North Yorkshire's police precept set to rise

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 5:35pm 6th February 2018.

The amount that people in North Yorkshire pay towards the police through council tax bills is set to rise.

Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan has announced that the so-called 'police precept' will go up by an average of £11.50 per household per year.

The group which oversees her work, the North Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel, have voted unanimously in favour of the proposal.

Julia Mulligan said: “It was clear from my consultation that the public value their police service and are prepared to pay on average about £1 more per month, so I am pleased the panel has approved my proposal.

“Over 2,000 people took part in my survey and I’d like to thank them for sharing their views. When making my decision I was conscious that, at a time when we are all feeling the pinch, I needed to find a balance between paying more and investing in local policing services.”

Julia will set up a ‘Policing Priorities Fund’ with the extra funding, which will, in the first instance, be used for:

  • Recruiting more people to respond to the public’s 101 and 999 calls in the Force Control Room
  • Maintaining frontline policing and PCSO numbers
  • Improving services for victims, especially the most vulnerable

Julia added: “However, due to cost pressures including changing demand, wages, pensions and inflation, we still need to save about £10 million over the medium term. So I have been clear with the Chief Constable that progress on savings needs to be made before any future increases can be considered.”

For more information about the police precept or your Commissioner, visit www.northyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk

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