Commissioner responds to police grant settlement in Hertfordshire
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire has revealed his intention to freeze the Constabulary’s share of next year’s council tax bill while also investing in new areas of policing, following the grant settlement.
The total grant settlement for Hertfordshire from central government was announced for 2015/16 as being £117.9million.
David Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, said: “The Hertfordshire Police Grant Settlement for 2015/16, on first analysis, falls within our financial planning limits – albeit being on the less generous side of our expectations.
“Consequently, I will be able to freeze the policing element of the council tax in Hertfordshire for the fourth year in succession to help relieve the strain on household budgets in the county.”
He continued: “For some forces across the country the loss of money announced through this grant settlement could have an impact on viability in short term, however this will not be the case in Hertfordshire.
“Through continuing careful financial planning, extension of collaborated working and planned use of financial reserves we will, in the short to medium term, be able to recruit further police officers to front line roles and invest in key areas of demand such as tackling domestic abuse, countering child sexual exploitation and fraud.
“I will continue to oversee the management of the Constabulary’s budgets to ensure that we continue to meet the financial challenges ahead whilst protecting the excellent local policing that Hertfordshire currently enjoys.”
You can contact the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner by email: by telephone 01707 806100 or by post to the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, Harpenden Police Station, 15 Vaughan Road, Harpenden, AL5 4GZ.
You can follow the Commissioner on Twitter @HertsPCC and find out more on his Facebook page: HertsPCC.