Posted by Kevin Burchall.
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, Angus Macpherson, has begun a consultation on a proposal to increase by 1.9 per cent the police part of the council tax for 2016-17.
The increase would mean an extra £3.12 a year (or 6p a week) for the average band D property, which is little more than the price of a large coffee in some coffee shops or a pint of beer.
Out of the 43 forces in England and Wales, only two receive less funding per head of population than Wiltshire.
The money raised from the police part of the council tax will also be used to protect community policing which is greatly valued by people in Wiltshire and Swindon.
The consultation opened on 5 January 2016 and closes at 10am on Tuesday 2 February. During this time the Commissioner and senior staff from his office will be attending Wiltshire Council area boards and Swindon Borough Council locality meetings to talk to the public about the proposal.
Mr Macpherson (pictured above) will be speaking to the Police and Crime Panel about the proposal at a meeting at Monkton Park, Chippenham on Wednesday 13 January. The panel meets again at County Hall, Trowbridge on Thursday 4 February, when the Commissioner will formally present his proposal.
You can have your say on the proposal by going to: http://www.wiltshire-pcc.gov.uk/Transparency/Policeandcrimeelementofcounciltax2016-17.aspx where you can also find more information.
Last updated: 7 January 2016 at 3:18 pm
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