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Commissioner's Open Letter: police council tax precept to be frozen again
Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd has written an open letter to Hertfordshire residents detailing his plans to freeze the policing part of the council tax bill and inviting comments from the public.
 
In the letter, the Commissioner reports how the Chief Constable and he have delivered improved efficiency and savings throughout 2014. This has been done while also protecting local policing and enhancing Hertfordshire Constabulary’s capability and resilience to tackle new forms of crime in the areas of safeguarding, cybercrime and child sexual exploitation.
 
The Commissioner discusses the financial challenges facing the Force and the relatively strong position it is in to meet these challenges, due to prudent budget management. He states his plan to invest in police officer recruitment to boost front line policing in Hertfordshire and ensure that crime is kept low in the county over the coming years and it remains a safe place to live and work.
 
He also states his proposal to freeze Hertfordshire Constabulary’s precept for 2015/16 – this is the portion of the council tax bill that goes towards paying for policing in the county. This means a Band D property will still pay £147.82 for the year for policing – the same as it’s been since 2010.
 
Commissioner Lloyd said: “Through prudent and responsible budget management, Hertfordshire Constabulary is in a strong position to meet the financial challenges in the coming years. Not only will this allow us to manage future reductions in police funding from government while also investing in a recruitment drive to boost police officer numbers, but furthermore it means I can freeze the council tax precept for 2015/16 so Hertfordshire residents will not have to pay a penny more for policing.
 
“I would like hear what the public thinks of my plan so I’m inviting people to send me their comments and views on the letter. This is your chance to tell me what you think.”
 
The full letter is viewable here. If you would like to comment, please send them to the.plan@herts.pnn.police.uk or by letter to the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, 15 Vaughan Road, Harpenden, Herts, AL5 4GZ.