Police bill could rise warns Thames Valley’s police and crime commissioner

Published: 31 Jan 2014 12:300 comments

THE man in charge of policing in the Thames Valley has warned of more charges being heaped on the taxpayer to combat crippling central government budget cuts.

It has yet to be confirmed how much taxpayers will pay in their precept to fund Thames Valley Police in 2014/15 though Anthony Stansfeld, the Thames Valley’s police and crime commissioner, has hinted it could be as high as 2% more compared to this year.

Mr Stansfeld made the comments when being quizzed by councillors on the Royal Borough’s crime and disorder panel at a meeting on Monday.

He said: “It could be 2% for the coming year but maybe as low as 1.5%. If the Government keeps cutting our budget by 4% each year, we will have to raise it [the precept] by 2%, unless you don’t want more police officers.”

For this financial year –Mr Stansfeld’s first full year in office – householders in band D paid £157.38 for the police precept annually, which was a 2% increase on the previous year.

Thames Valley Police had a reduction of about £5m to its budget this financial year compared to 2012/13.

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