Policing bill to rise

St Helens Star: Not an easy task: Police Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy has set the budget Not an easy task: Police Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy has set the budget

RESIDENTS face a 1.95 per cent rise on the police precept of their council tax for 2014/15.

That is on top of the two per cent increase already proposed by St Helens Council as the local authority faces cuts of £25 million over the next two years.

Merseyside Police set their budget of £332.6 million for the coming year at a special meeting, after losing a further £13.5 million in funding.

Government cutbacks of more than £100 million will have been imposed on the force between 2010 and 2018.

Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “Setting the budget has not been an easy task, particularly in the face of continuing cuts from government.

“These cuts forced me to make the difficult decision to increase the council tax precept by 1.95 per cent. By also using £5.5 million from the Force’s reserves, I have been able to set a balanced budget for next year.

“This is hugely important as it means the Chief Constable can continue to recruit police officers, ensuring numbers are maintained and frontline services are protected.

“This is even more significant given that the Force have already lost more than 1,200 officers, PCSOs and staff in the past three years.

“I have already reduced the costs of my own office by £800,000. This is money which is ploughed straight back into the policing budget to defend it from further cuts and keep enough officers on the streets of Merseyside to protect the public.”

The rise will cost householders in a Band A property an extra £2 a year.

Ms Kennedy added: “The reality is however, that if Government cuts continue as predicted we will not be able to continue to deliver the same high level of service which the Force prides itself on and the people of Merseyside expect and deserve.”

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10:57am Wed 5 Mar 14

Hollies Mummy says...

OMG another increase in our bills !!! That's along with rent,gas & electricity , water rates insurances etc and had a pay freeze for the last four years !!!! I can't afford to live
OMG another increase in our bills !!! That's along with rent,gas & electricity , water rates insurances etc and had a pay freeze for the last four years !!!! I can't afford to live Hollies Mummy
  • Score: 6

5:32pm Wed 5 Mar 14

smith&weston says...

Heres a suggestion... scrap the parish councils and use the precept you apply for them to pay for the police increase. I know who does the most for the community and it's not some pompous, look at me, chain wearing attention seekers.
Heres a suggestion... scrap the parish councils and use the precept you apply for them to pay for the police increase. I know who does the most for the community and it's not some pompous, look at me, chain wearing attention seekers. smith&weston
  • Score: 5

1:21pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Keva68 says...

In fairness she did ask people in Asda first ,and then ignore all but one.
In fairness she did ask people in Asda first ,and then ignore all but one. Keva68
  • Score: 1

9:40am Wed 12 Mar 14

mikeashworth says...

Just wait until the bills start to roll in for policing fracking protests in st helens!
Just wait until the bills start to roll in for policing fracking protests in st helens! mikeashworth
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