Householders asked to stump up more for police following budget cuts

Basingstoke Gazette: Simon Hayes Simon Hayes

HOUSEHOLDERS are being asked to stump up around £5 a year extra to help cuts-hit Hampshire Police to keep our streets safe.

Simon Hayes, police and crime commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, wants to raise the policing precept of the council tax bills by three per cent.

For the average Band D household, this would mean an increase of £4.54, raising the total bill to £155.79.

Hampshire Constabulary has been told to expect cuts of £25million for 2015-17, on top of the £55m cuts it made following the Government’s comprehensive spending review in 2010.

Mr Hayes has warned that the Government is “risking public safety” with its cuts, and there will come a time when policing in Hampshire’s communities will reach “dangerous levels”.

He added: “These are very, very difficult times for policing in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. It would be wrong of me not to tell the public the truth about the impact of Government cuts.

“I believe that we must maintain a| safe level of neighbourhood policing, including PCSOs on our streets, and this is why I am left with no option but to propose a precept increase.”

The proposed rise has the backing of John Apter, chairman of the Hampshire Police Federation, which represents officers below the rank of Superintendent.

He said: “The public deserve the best possible police service, and this proposed increase is a lifeline which will assist us to keep hold of some of those essential areas of policing which people take for granted. I would, therefore, urge the public to support the PCC’s plan.”

Mr Hayes has invited comments from members of the public about the proposal, and a survey is available to fill in through the commissioner’s website hampshire-pcc.gov.uk. The deadline for feedback is Wednesday, January 22.

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4:10pm Wed 22 Jan 14

sonobuoy says...

Why is there no mention in this article of the Alpha Park fiasco? According to the BBC website today, somebody in Hampshire Constabulary bought this building for £9.6 million in 2008, Spent another £1.8 million refurbishing it - only for it to be never used. It's just been sold at a loss (Hampshire Police don't / daren't say how much of a loss).
Basically taxpayers are having to stump up more tax for this loss rather than getting more "Bobbies on the beat"
Also- how is a comment deadline of January 22nd (today) giving sufficient time for us to muster/communicate our views?
Why is there no mention in this article of the Alpha Park fiasco? According to the BBC website today, somebody in Hampshire Constabulary bought this building for £9.6 million in 2008, Spent another £1.8 million refurbishing it - only for it to be never used. It's just been sold at a loss (Hampshire Police don't / daren't say how much of a loss). Basically taxpayers are having to stump up more tax for this loss rather than getting more "Bobbies on the beat" Also- how is a comment deadline of January 22nd (today) giving sufficient time for us to muster/communicate our views? sonobuoy
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7:02pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Folkestone Saint says...

If only criminals would stop breaking the law we could all live cheaper
If only criminals would stop breaking the law we could all live cheaper Folkestone Saint
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