Police costs push Welwyn Hatfield council tax bills up

PUBLISHED: 17:50 08 February 2017 | UPDATED: 17:50 08 February 2017

Police costs will push council tax bills up.

Police costs will push council tax bills up.

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Council tax bills across Hertfordshire will be going up by £5/year in 2017/18 to pay the cost of fighting crime.

The Hertfordshire Police and Crime Panel has approved a request by Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd for an increase in its council tax precept from £147 to £152 for a Band D home.

Commissioner Lloyd, who has not previously increased the precept since his appointment in 2012, said: “I’ve always said I will not charge the residents of Hertfordshire a penny more than needed, and that remains the case.

“Increased pressures on our teams combatting domestic abuse, the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults – combined with a drop in funding and delays to savings – mean we must make this difficult choice.

“However, I’m pleased to say that local policing will receive the funding because time and again it is the thing residents tell me is most important to them.”

In a consultation distributed through the Neighbourhood Watch OWL network, 75 per cent of people were in favour of a tax rise.

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