Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 6°C

min temp: 2°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Essex: Panel approves council tax hike

09:00 02 February 2013

Nick Alston

Nick Alston

Archant

Essex Police and Crime Commissioner Nick Alston has proposed the increase to tackle deep budget cuts which have seen the loss of 350 police officers.

Members of the county’s Police and Crime Panel voted in favour of the increase at a meeting held on Thursday.

However, despite the rise, 34 police officers will be lost over the next year.

Mr Alston says the job lossses were already included as part of Essex Police’s four year plan to meet over £42million in budget cuts.

He said the budget plan, which he inherited from the Police Authority, had also factored in a 2.5% rise in its share of council tax.

The extra 1% in revenue Mr Alston hopes to raise will go towards crime prevention projects in local communities.

The rise equates to an extra £4.77 per year for a Band D council tax payer and overall it would bring in an additional £2.75million in revenue.

The move coincides with the publication of the draft Police and Crime Plan for Essex which focuses heavily on community safety work and tackling the causes of crime.

It proposes more joint working with agencies; reducing domestic violence; tackling consequences of drug and alcohol abuse; reducing youth offending; improving crime prevention and improving road safety.

Speaking to BBC Radio Essex yesterday, Mr Alston said: “We spend nearly £300million a year on policing a year and only half a per cent of that is spent on crime reduction.”

Mr Alston said the amount of council tax which is currently paid to fund policing services in Essex is the lowest in the country.

“We need to spend more money on those really good causes that tackle crime in the first place.

He added: “I’m very determined we are going to have better policing and better crime reduction across Essex this coming year and for years to come and to do that we’ve got to pay a repsonsible share of that money.”

To view and feedback on the Plan visit www.essex.pcc.police.uk/2013/01/the-draft-police-and-crime-plan-for-essex/

0 comments

Images captured by photographer Seana Hughes of a house fire in Clacton-on-Sea.

A family have been left homeless after a fire “completely destroyed” their house in the early hours of this morning.

Sousse victims Stuart Cullen and Philip Heathcote

An extremist “systematically” gunned down innocent holidaymakers – including two Suffolk men – on a Tunisian beach in 2015, an inquest has heard.

The High Street in Haverhill.

Three teenagers have been arrested following an assault in which a man sustained serious head injuries.

Stock image of the Hawthorn Drive shopping area in Ipswich.

A man apparently tried to abduct an eight-year-old boy in Ipswich on Saturday morning.

RAF Honington

A former RAF corporal and scout master has been jailed at a court martial for three years for the sexual abuse of a boy scout more than 30 years ago in Germany.

Nicky and Jason Thorne with Peggy Grace and Noah.

With two RSPCA specialist rescue inspectors as parents, baby Peggy Grace may have known she was in safe hands when she decided she couldn’t wait until the hospital to arrive in the world.

Elbow at Latitude. Jen O'Neill favourite pictures of the year

Top alternative rock band Elbow are the latest addition to the Thetford Forest summer concert line-up this year.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24