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Commissioner's Open Letter: Proposed cuts in police council tax precept
Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd has proposed a reduction in the policing part of the council tax bill next year, in an open letter to Hertfordshire residents.
 
In the letter, the Commissioner explains that the reasons behind the proposal which follows recent announcements by the Chancellor in the Comprehensive Spending Review, and the Home Office resulting in a strong police budget in the county and therefore the opportunity to pass on savings to reduce the burden on the council tax payer.
 
He reports continued collaboration with neighbouring forces has generated significant savings and improvements in capacity and capability, and reports Hertfordshire Constabulary to be in a relatively sound financial position with high levels of reserves and a well-developed savings plan. His proposal to reduce the police element of the council tax has been suggested with the assurance residents continue to receive a high standard of local policing without taxpayers being asked for additional money.
 
Commissioner Lloyd said, “Hertfordshire has an extremely high performing police service with a well-developed efficiency programme designed to deliver improved service and save money over the next four years.  The funding settlement this year is much more favourable than we had planned for, but the Home Secretary has rightly stressed that we will continue to be required to deliver our planned savings. 
 
“As a result I have asked the Chief Constable to consider what scope there is for investing additional sums in tackling emerging crime threats such as Cybercrime and to respond to areas that the public say are of concern.  However, I believe there is also an opportunity to reduce the burden on Hertfordshire council taxpayers at the same time as improving our policing resources.
 
“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 letter is available to read 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.  The closing date for comments is Monday 11th January 2015.