Police tax precept could rise by 1.99 per cent in Rutland

Sir Clive Loader, Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicestershire and Rutland
Sir Clive Loader, Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicestershire and Rutland

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicestershire is proposing to raise the police’s portion of the council tax bill by 1.99 per cent.

Sir Clive Loader will present his 2016/17 budget plans to the police and crime panel on Tuesday, and he said his priority was to provide the chief constable of the force Simon Cole with an appropriate level of resources to enhance public safety in the future.

Since his election in 2012, Sir Clive has overseen budget savings in excess of the £20m required by his police and crime plan.

He said these savings, together with the better than anticipated police grant settlement and the increased police precept, will enable him to secure reinvestment in key operational areas for some years to come.

Sir Clive said: “This year the police grant was better than we expected which, in addition to the savings already delivered, places the force in a somewhat healthier financial position than some.”

Sir Clive said during consultation residents had “made it clear to me that they are in favour of an increase in the amount they pay towards policing”.

The rise would equate to an extra £3.58 a year for the average Band D property.

If approved, the additional funds raised through the precept will go towards 38 extra police officers. In the 2014/15 budget, 28 police community support officers were employed and paid for using earmarked reserves. These roles will be made permanent, bringing the total number of PCSOs to 251 by March 2017.

Sir Clive has also highlighted plans to invest in areas such as automatic number plate recognition and for the professional standards department to be improved to speed up the complaints process.

Rutland County Council has previously revealed that it is proposing a 3.99 per cent increase in its portion of the council tax - the first rise in six years.