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How much are you willing to pay for policing in lancashire?

4 December, 2014

HOW much are you willing to pay for policing in Lancashire?

That’s the question the Police and Crime Commissioner is asking residents once again in a county-wide consultation on the policing precept.

Clive Grunshaw is asking Lancashire residents do they want to freeze the council tax “precept” payment, increase it by 2%, equivalent to 6p a week or 5% which is equivalent to 15p a week for a Band D Council Tax payer.

The police budget faces an additional £20m of cuts by 2017/18 on top of the £60m already made since austerity measures began in 2011. The council tax precept makes up just 24% of the overall police budget with the rest coming from Government grants.

The Commissioner said: “I know it is always difficult asking people to pay more for something, especially when they may still be feeling the effects of the downturn, but I think the public really want to know I am doing all I can to protect the police force from unnecessary cuts and that means asking if they are prepared to pay a little more.

“If the police precept is increased by 6p a week or 2%, that is equivalent of 26 police officers or 45 PCSOs pay, national insurance and pension payments. That’s something I am sure the public would consider was worth spending an extra 6p a week on.”

The public have a range of options to comment which include:

  • Surveys which can be accessed from all police enquiry desks and some libraries throughout the county during December
  • Speaking to the commissioner at all public engagements throughout the next two months
  • An online survey on the Lancashire PCC website which will be promoted to those living in Lancashire through Twitter and Facebook
  • Four roadshows in different town centres in the New Year to try and engage people we may have missed through other channels
  • Or people can call the Commissioner’s office before December 23 and request a survey leaflet is sent to them at their home address on 01772 533587

Mr Grunshaw said: “It’s really important that everyone has the chance to have their say and that is why I am launching this survey and a range of ways for people to engage with me on the issue.

“Inevitably reductions in budgets will mean some jobs may be lost across Lancashire in the long term, but a modest increase could make a significant difference.”

Savings have already been made through management restructures across the force and investments in technology to enable officers to spend more time on the streets. Further efficiency savings are in the pipeline.

The online survey will be available from December 4, 2014 and will run until January 6, 2015.

Ends

Notes to editors:

The Government will announce in late December the amount of grant funding it will provide to police forces nationwide. They are also expected to announce if they will once again provide a financial incentive to forces to freeze the council tax. The freeze grant previously offered was worth £600k.

The Government is also expected to say whether it intends to cap council tax rises or require public authorities to run a referendum if they wish to increase their charges above a certain amount.

Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner is assuming a referendum will be required at 2% as in previous years and is therefore collecting data on the 5% rise to attempt to understand the importance of policing to the Lancashire public only.

The surveys will be available in the following police front counters and libraries:

  • Blackburn with Darwen

Blackburn Greenbank Front Counter Service

Divisional Headquarters

Greenbank Business Park off Whitebirk Drive Blackburn BB1 3HT

Tel 101

Open 8am to 10pm Monday – Sunday

 

Blackburn Town Centre Front Counter Service

Railway Road Blackburn BB1 1EX

Tel 101

Open 9am to 8pm Monday – Sunday

Darwen Front Counter Service          

Union Street Darwen BB3 0DA

Tel 101

Open 10am – 6pm Tuesday to Saturday (closed 2pm – 3pm)

Blackburn Central Library
Town Hall St, Blackburn BB2 1AG

  1. Blackpool District Area

Blackpool Central Front Counter Service
Divisional Headquarters

Bonny Street Blackpool FY1 5RL

Tel 101

Open 8am – 10pm Monday to Sunday

Bispham Front Counter Service

Red Bank Road Blackpool FY2 0HJ

Tel 101

Open 10am – 6pm Tuesday to Saturday (closed 2pm – 3pm)

Blackpool Central Library
Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PX

  1. Burnley District

Burnley Customer Front Counter Service
Divisional Headquarters

Parker Lane Burnley BB11 2BT

Tel 101

Open 8am – 10pm Monday to Sunday

Burnley Library
Grimshaw Street, Burnley, Lancashire, BB11 2BD

 

  1. Chorley District:

Chorley Front Counter Service

St Thomas’s Road Chorley PR7 1DR

Tel 101

Open 9am – 8pm Monday to Sunday

  1. Fylde District

St Anne’s Front Counter Service

St Andrews Road North Lytham St Anne’s FY8 2JF

Tel 101

Open 10am – 6pm Tuesday to Saturday (closed 2pm – 3pm

Kirkham Front Counter Service

Freckleton Street Kirkham Preston PR4 2SN

Tel 101

Open 10am – 6pm Tuesday to Saturday (closed 2pm – 3pm)

  1. Hyndburn District Area

Accrington Front Counter Service
Spring Gardens Accrington BB5 2BJ

Tel 101

Open 9am to 8pm Monday – Sunday

Great Harwood Front Counter Service
Hesketh Street Great Harwood BB6 7DW

Tel 101

Open 10am – 6pm Tuesday to Saturday (closed 2pm – 3pm)

  1. Lancaster and Morecambe District

Lancaster Front Counter Service
Police Divisional Headquarters

Thurnham Street Lancaster LA1 1YB

Tel 101

Open 8am – 10pm Monday to Sunday

Morecambe Front Counter Service

21 Poulton Square Morecambe LA4 5PZ

Tel 101

Open 9am – 8pm Monday to Sunday

Lancaster Central Library
Market Square , Lancaster , Lancashire, LA1 1HY

  1. Pendle District Area

Colne Front Counter Service

Craddock Road Colne BB8 0JZ

Tel 101

Open 10am – 6pm Tuesday to Saturday (closed 2pm – 3pm)

Barnoldswick Front Counter Service

Rainhall Road Barnoldswick BB18 6AB

Tel 101

Open 10am – 6pm Tuesday to Saturday (closed 2pm – 3pm)

Nelson Front Counter Service

Broadway Nelson BB9 9SJ

Tel 101

Open 9am – 8pm Monday to Sunday

  1. Preston district area:

Preston Front Counter Service
Divisional Headquarters

Lancaster Road North Preston PR1 2SA

Tel 101

Open 8am – 10pm Monday to Sunday

Preston Harris Library
Market Square , Preston , Lancashire, PR1 2PP

Lancashire County Council 
Bow Lane, Preston, Lancashire PR1 0LD

  1. Ribble Valley District area

Clitheroe Front Counter Service

King Street Clitheroe BB7 2EU

Tel 101

Open 9am – 8pm Monday – Sunday

 

 

  1. Rossendale district area:

Waterfoot (Rossendale) Front Counter Service

Bacup Road Waterfoot BB4 7JA

Tel 101

Open 9am – 8pm Monday to Sunday

  1. South Ribble district area:

Leyland Front Counter Service
Divisional Headquarters

Lancastergate Leyland PR25 2EX

Tel 101

Open 9am – 8 pm Monday to Sunday

  1. West Lancashire district

Ormskirk Front Counter Service

1 Derby Street Ormskirk L39 2BJ

Tel 101

Open 10am – 6pm Tuesday to Saturday (closed 2pm – 3pm)

Skelmersdale Front Counter Service

Southway Skelmersdale WN8 6NH

Tel 101

Open 9am – 8pm Monday to Sunday

  1. Wyre District area:

Fleetwood Front Counter Service

North Church Street Fleetwood FY7 6HJ

Tel 101

Open 9am – 8pm Monday to Sunday

Poulton Front Counter Service

Market Place Poulton le Fylde FY6 7AS

Tel 101

Open 10am – 6pm Tuesday to Saturday (closed 2pm – 3pm)

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