Council tax rise will help pay for police, says commissioner

The Bolton News: Police commissioner Tony Lloyd Police commissioner Tony Lloyd

BOLTON’S police and crime commissioner has said increasing council tax bills will help the police cope with major funding cuts — without reducing frontline officers.

A council tax increase of about 7p a week for each household is being proposed to stop the amount of officers from falling to the minimum amount needed to protect Greater Manchester communities.

The additional funds will be ploughed into neighbourhood policing.

Tony Lloyd said: “Each year the number of police officers in Greater Manchester reduces by 300 through natural wastage.

"I have gone to Ch Con Peter Fahy and said ‘let’s look at what kind of police service we want here in Bolton and across the force’.

"Ch Con Fahy and I have a commitment to modern policing, it has to be neighbourhood policing.

“We have been going through everything with a fine toothcomb.”

He added that the council tax rise will allow the force to recruit up to 50 officers to work in neighbourhood teams to avoid falling below 6,400 police next year — the lowest possible amount Ch Con Fahy believes GMP can operate at.

Mr Lloyd plans to protect communities by raising council tax by nearly £3 a year from an average grade D home.

He said: “I don’t want to be alarmist but there are serious challenges to policing and we have got to get it right. We will be asking individual police officers to do a lot more than they have been doing in the past.

“I do not like asking people to pay more and I know people are hard pushed. Even though the increase may only be seven pence a week it does add up and impacts on people, I do not like doing it.

“When people understand the scale of the government cuts and how little we are putting back they are supportive.”

Mr Lloyd had planned to increase the police part of the council tax bill by £5 annually — the maximum it can be raised by — but has been told by Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to reduce the rise.

He is now asking people to contribute £2.97 for the year. Bigger rises would need a costly referendum.

Mr Lloyd said: “This announcement from the government means that we have to find an additional £1.38 million to save on top of more than £19 million of cuts already announced for the coming year.”

He said he could not guarantee that he would not have to suggest an increase next year.

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10:10am Tue 18 Feb 14

Jim271 says...

What Police????

There's never anyone available, Halliwell is swarming every weekend with tribes of drunken Feral teenagers.
What Police???? There's never anyone available, Halliwell is swarming every weekend with tribes of drunken Feral teenagers. Jim271

12:21pm Tue 18 Feb 14

The Righteous One says...

Lets get this right he is NOT the police commissioner for Bolton but for the whole of Greater Manchester
Lets get this right he is NOT the police commissioner for Bolton but for the whole of Greater Manchester The Righteous One

3:20pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Hollieanne says...

Let's get rid of him and his deputy. That should save money.
Let's get rid of him and his deputy. That should save money. Hollieanne

3:24pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Phil from Smithills says...

Yes , and he was a former Manchester Labour member of Parliament who appointed the former deputy leader of Manchester City Council as his deputy, so where will their loyalties be?
Yes , and he was a former Manchester Labour member of Parliament who appointed the former deputy leader of Manchester City Council as his deputy, so where will their loyalties be? Phil from Smithills

7:40pm Tue 18 Feb 14

miroku says...

Hollieanne wrote:
Let's get rid of him and his deputy. That should save money.
Don't forget to include the coachload of hangers on listed @ http://www.gmpcc.org
.uk/about/who-we-are
/staff/
Then we're saving a serious amount of money.
[quote][p][bold]Hollieanne[/bold] wrote: Let's get rid of him and his deputy. That should save money.[/p][/quote]Don't forget to include the coachload of hangers on listed @ http://www.gmpcc.org .uk/about/who-we-are /staff/ Then we're saving a serious amount of money. miroku

1:21am Wed 19 Feb 14

BoltonLancs says...

Ok, The UK national debt, as measured on the Maastricht basis, will reach £1.8 trillion in 2016/17, according to Office for Budget Responsibility estimates. That’s £28,000 per citizen.
Our COUNTRY is listed and is trading as a CORPORATION, just like GM Police, OUR Prime Minister, MPs, doctors surgeries, NHS trusts and yes, Police commissioner Tony Lloyd are all listed as businesses.... SO each one of us is worth -£28,000 (minus) to our beloved "leaders" - all that means is that in our life-time we are worthless to them unless we each make our "leaders" a net profit on the debt they incurred....

Whilst we think we have public services and a public sector, each one, including our Fracking-financed Police service, are at the whim of market forces and the desperate need for cash, which ultimately decides our freedoms and safety. That in itself is bad enough....
But when you realise that the money our country supposedly owes doesn't exist and has never existed - simply been magiced out of thin air by Central Banks (just like your loan from the bank, the banks don't have the assets to back it up) then you realise it's all a seriously sick, deluded system.
And we keep allowing ourselves to be enslaved..lol
Ok, The UK national debt, as measured on the Maastricht basis, will reach £1.8 trillion in 2016/17, according to Office for Budget Responsibility estimates. That’s £28,000 per citizen. Our COUNTRY is listed and is trading as a CORPORATION, just like GM Police, OUR Prime Minister, MPs, doctors surgeries, NHS trusts and yes, Police commissioner Tony Lloyd are all listed as businesses.... SO each one of us is worth -£28,000 (minus) to our beloved "leaders" - all that means is that in our life-time we are worthless to them unless we each make our "leaders" a net profit on the debt they incurred.... Whilst we think we have public services and a public sector, each one, including our Fracking-financed Police service, are at the whim of market forces and the desperate need for cash, which ultimately decides our freedoms and safety. That in itself is bad enough.... But when you realise that the money our country supposedly owes doesn't exist and has never existed - simply been magiced out of thin air by Central Banks (just like your loan from the bank, the banks don't have the assets to back it up) then you realise it's all a seriously sick, deluded system. And we keep allowing ourselves to be enslaved..lol BoltonLancs

2:33am Wed 19 Feb 14

wsw69 says...

Who the f**k does this idiot of the first order, Tony Lloyd, think he is? He is so far up his own ring even his shoe lace tips no longer show. Talk about someone p 1 s 5 E d with power doesn't even come close. Another oxygen thief abusing the privilige of life!

And as for Peter Fahy ....................
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Who the f**k does this idiot of the first order, Tony Lloyd, think he is? He is so far up his own ring even his shoe lace tips no longer show. Talk about someone p 1 s 5 E d with power doesn't even come close. Another oxygen thief abusing the privilige of life! And as for Peter Fahy .................... .................... . wsw69

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