Police Budget Meeting Will Be Shown LIVE
8:12am 22nd January 2014
We'll get to see Dorset's Police and Crime Commissioner in the hot seat next month over his plans to put up the Police's share of council tax.
Martyn Underhill will be cross examined by the Dorset Police and Crime panel and the whole thing will be screened live online.
The panel will look at the Police budget to make sure Mr Underhill has considered all the implications.
The Crime Panel is made up of representatives from the County Council, all of Dorset's borough and district councils, Bournemouth and Poole councils, plus two independent members.
It was set up to scrutinise the decisions of the Police and Crime Commissioner, and hold him to account.
Cllr John Adams, Chairman of The Dorset Police and Crime panel, said:
"The Panel does a very important job in holding the Police and Crime Commissioner to account.
"Over the past few months, panel members have been working hard to get a good understanding of his budget so they are prepared to take a view on any council tax proposals presented to them on 6 February.
"The budget situation is complex but the job of the panel is to ensure that Police and Crime Commissioner has considered the implications and alternatives relating to any proposal put forward.
"It is vitally important that people know the panel is working in their best interests. Not everyone can get along to council meetings. Having the meeting available to watch on the internet is a step forward in helping people understand the group's work."