Cost of Gwent policing could rise

IAN Johnston, police and crime commissioner for Gwent, is to recommend today that the police precept should rise by £5.93 a year per household.

The Police and Crime Panel will discuss a proposed increase of 2.99 per cent to £204.16 when it meets this morning in Usk.

His office says that the increase is needed to offset the cuts in central government grants of £3.8 million.

The rise would mean that the average Gwent household (a council tax band D property) will pay £204.16 for their policing and related services during 2014/15 – an increase of £5.93 a year or 50p a month on what they currently pay.

Mr Johnston, said: “As highlighted in my police and crime plan, my vision is to prevent and reduce crime and antisocial behaviour, support victims of crime and ensure the continued delivery of a quality police service which provides value for money for the people of Gwent.

“This is why I am making these essential recommendations today. The preparation of the budget is an extensive exercise which is spread over several months and involves all parts of the service.”

The overall budget for policing and tackling crime in Gwent for 2014/15 is proposed to be set at £119,656,328.

The panel will review the proposals and make a report to the commissioner by February 8.

The full precept report can be found on the Gwent police and crime panel website at www.gwentpcp.org.uk

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5:17pm Thu 23 Jan 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

You get no sympathy from me until you start arresting the anti social criminals running the country - instead of protecting them.
You get no sympathy from me until you start arresting the anti social criminals running the country - instead of protecting them. GardenVarietyMushroom
  • Score: 8

7:19pm Thu 23 Jan 14

eezageeza says...

No chance,he should be tackling the waste and downright lazy attitude of Gwent police first and foremost.anybody remember those coppers who went to Barry island fun fair instead of working.
No chance,he should be tackling the waste and downright lazy attitude of Gwent police first and foremost.anybody remember those coppers who went to Barry island fun fair instead of working. eezageeza
  • Score: 5

10:31pm Thu 23 Jan 14

blackandamber says...

Well we have to pay for him and his bessie mate deputies salary . What did you expect was going to happen.
Well we have to pay for him and his bessie mate deputies salary . What did you expect was going to happen. blackandamber
  • Score: 2

5:05pm Fri 24 Jan 14

varteg1 says...

'twas to be expected.

I wonder why the Westminster coterie have not done as it usually does with public owned services,... Privatise the cops?

Maybe with a profit motive driving their ethic we may get a far better service,
'twas to be expected. I wonder why the Westminster coterie have not done as it usually does with public owned services,... Privatise the cops? Maybe with a profit motive driving their ethic we may get a far better service, varteg1
  • Score: 0

8:50pm Fri 24 Jan 14

theviking666 says...

pay more, and see less, what does a bobby on the beat look like?
pay more, and see less, what does a bobby on the beat look like? theviking666
  • Score: 0

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