The Police and Crime Commissioner 's proposal to increase the police precept by 6.4% have been approved today (Friday, 3rd February).
John Dwyer presented his proposal to increase next year's police precept – the part of Council Tax that funds Cheshire Constabulary - by £15 per year for a Band D property to the Cheshire Police and Crime Panel
Confirmation of the Commissioner's proposal now means more than £7 million in extra funding will be available to help the police tackle around £14 million in additional costs caused by inflation.
John Dwyer, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire said "Residents should be in no doubt as to the difference their contribution via the police precept makes. For example, it's enabled us to hire the extra call handlers who have brought 101 waiting times down significantly, and we've also more than quadrupled the size of our Online Child Abuse Investigation Team to combat the growing threat that online predators pose to our children.
"Setting the precept is not a responsibility I take lightly, and I know any increase will impact people differently. That's why I wanted to get as many views as possible in my survey and I am delighted with the emphatic backing people gave to my proposal.
"I am pleased that I can formally set a budget that gives our police service the resources it needs."