Leicestershire Police portion of council tax to rise

Leicestershire's Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Clive Loader
Leicestershire's Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Clive Loader

The county’s police and crime commissioner has gained approval for his precept plan to increase the police’s portion of the council tax by 1.99 per cent.

A meeting of the Police and Crime Panel approved his 2015-16 budget last Thursday.

It equates to an increase of about 7p a week – which is £3.51 a year – for the average Band D householder.

It will generate an extra £1.038million to fund policing and brings the total budget to £171.573m.

Sir Clive said: “This precept will not eliminate the need to make difficult decisions on where we allocate our resources but it will give us some temporary stability to help us address future risks.”

Last month the force was told its funding settlement from the Government would be cut by a further £5.7m to £114.5m. Senior staff have found cuts of more than £20m in the past few years and expect to have to find a further £15m by 2017.

Leicestershire County Council, which represents more than two-thirds of the overall Council Tax bill, will make its budget decision on February 18.

It is proposing a rise of 1.99 per cent – its first rise in four years – which would take its share of Band D bills to £1,084.

Harborough District Council, which is proposing a freeze for the fifth year in a row, will vote on its budget on Monday, February 9.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service’s budget is due to be discussed on Wednesday, February 11.