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Police and crime commissioner David Lloyd proposes 14.6% rise in his council tax precept

Hertfordshire’s police and crime commissioner is proposing a 14.6% rise in the law and order bill for householders.

David Lloyd says the money – £2 a month, or 46p a week for the typical band D household – will pay for more officers to take Hertfordshire Constabulary's total to more than 2,000.

Following an announcement by the Home Office, he will be able to raise an additional £10.7m for policing in Hertfordshire in 2019-20.

The police precept accounts for around 40% of the force’s budget. Just under 60% comes from central government grant, which has been frozen for the next year, and the rest is from reserves.

In the current 2018-19 financial year, the total council tax bill for a band D property in Stortford is £1,717.24, of which £164 goes to Mr Lloyd for policing in Hertfordshire. This would rise to £188 from April if his proposal goes ahead.

Mr Lloyd said: “Unlike many police forces that have been cutting back their front lines, I have continued to invest heavily in preserving and strengthening local policing. It helps to create a police force that is embedded in and supported by a community working together to cut crime.

“My Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan focuses on putting victims of crime first and finding ways to improve the support they require and their journey through the criminal justice system. Further investment will be made in improving the service that victims receive and the outcomes for victims engaged with the criminal justice system.”

Residents can email their comments to your.views@herts.pcc.pnn.gov.uk or write to: Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, 15 Vaughan Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire AL5 4GZ by January 7.

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