The Hampshire Police and Crime Panel (PCP) has backed the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Hampshire, Michael Lane, in raising the 2017/18 Council Tax precept to pay for policing across the county and the Isle of Wight.
Panel members heard Mr Lane set out his case on 27 January to raise the precept by 3.12%. For residents in a Band D property, this equates to an additional £5 for the year 2017/18, or an extra ten pence a week. This will see the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight’s charge a total of £165.46 per annum, at Band D in Council Tax for the year beginning 1 April 2017.
Set up in 2012, the Panel’s role is toscrutinise and support the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner, and maintain a regular check and balance on his performance.
Commenting on the PCP’s majority support for the PCC’s proposal to increase the amount charged in Council Tax, Chairman of Hampshire's Police and Crime Panel, Councillor David Stewart, said: "The Hampshire Police and Crime Panel supports the Police and Crime Commissioner’s proposed increase in the Council Tax precept for 2017/18 which we believe will help meet the current and evolving challenges facing officers in keeping our communities safe, tackling issues such as cyber crime and ensuring that Police premises are fit for purpose and more efficient.
"Through the work of our finance working group, we satisfied ourselves that the precept increase is appropriate to maintain an effective level of policing in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight over the next financial year, whilst at the same time acknowledging the continuing financial pressures.
“The Panel is confident that by supporting the PCC’s budget for 2017/18, the people of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight will continue to receive a high quality policing service.”