MP questions council tax rise for police

COLCHESTER MP Sir Bob Russell has questioned the attempt to charge taxpayers more for policing in Essex.
 

Sir Bob has urged Home Secretary Theresa May to explain why councils are being asked to freeze council tax but police and crime commissioners are apparently not.
 

His query comes after Nick Alston, commissioner for Essex, suggested a 3.5 per cent increase in council tax payments for policing.
 

Residents in Essex currently pay among the least of any in the country for its police force.
 

Mr Alston wants this to increase, by £4.77 for a band D taxpayer.

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9:38am Thu 24 Jan 13

Farmhouse France says...

How many more officers would this put on our streets or would this money just go to government?
How many more officers would this put on our streets or would this money just go to government? Farmhouse France
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12:00pm Thu 24 Jan 13

totallyfootball says...

According to one source about 25 officers? No doubt the 3.5% will cover the cost of Nick Alston's mates who like all the other commisioners will be giving jobs to them? Its just more noses in the trough but sadly the wrong noses, All these PCC's need looking at and now before they get too comfortable. It smacks of the old scandal, MP's second houses and employing family members, you know the story!
According to one source about 25 officers? No doubt the 3.5% will cover the cost of Nick Alston's mates who like all the other commisioners will be giving jobs to them? Its just more noses in the trough but sadly the wrong noses, All these PCC's need looking at and now before they get too comfortable. It smacks of the old scandal, MP's second houses and employing family members, you know the story! totallyfootball
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3:29pm Thu 24 Jan 13

GreensteadResident says...

I prefer to pay an council tax rise for police than a pay an income tax rise to cover the 32% increase that the MPs are looking for in their allowance.
I prefer to pay an council tax rise for police than a pay an income tax rise to cover the 32% increase that the MPs are looking for in their allowance. GreensteadResident
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