Public ‘supports rise in police tax’

A recent public consultation on a proposed increase in the policing part of the Council Tax has resulted in 67 per cent of respondents supporting an increase – according to a police spokesperson.

The consultation survey, set by the Office of the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner was open from 30 October 2013 to 10 January 2014.

Commenting on the consultation results the Police & Commissioner, Katy Bourne said, “I am pleased with the results of the public consultation.

“I have a statutory obligation to set the police budget and that is why I sought the views of Sussex taxpayers regarding a potential increase of £4.95 per year per band D household.

“The increase would go towards reducing serious sexual offending and tackling child exploitation, strengthening the fight against cyber crime and increasing the visibility of frontline policing.

“I fulfilled my election pledge to freeze the precept in my first year of office and, as a result, residents have paid the same amount for policing in Sussex for the last four years.

“However, as a voice for local people on policing and crime it was very important that I knew if Sussex residents were willing to pay a little extra in order to enable further investment and ensure Sussex Police is sufficiently resourced to meet future challenges.”

The Commissioner is duty bound to inform the Police and Crime Panel of her considerations.

The results of the proposed precept will be reviewed by the panel on Friday (January 24).