WATCH: Dorset PCC Presents Precept Plan to Charge Tax Payers More Money
8:28am 6th February 2014
(Updated 8:30am 6th February 2014)
Dorset's Police and Crime Commissioner will try and convince a crime panel today his plan to increase the Policing precept, is justified.
Martyn Underhill wants to put up the yearly amount we pay in council tax for the Force by 1.96%, that's a rise of 7 pence per week - or a rise from £183.51 to £187.11 annually, for a band D household.
He says that extra money will help pay to recruit 16 new Police Officers, 7 Rural Crime Vehicles, 300 body cameras for Officers to wear on patrol, and a local cyber awareness campaign.
Today (Thursday 6th February) the PCC will sit down with a Police Crime Panel who'll scrutinise his precept proposals and make sure he's fully considered all the possibilities and implications on local people.
The meeting is being streamed online so tax payers can see how big local authority decisions are made - you can watch it by clicking HERE:
Dorset PCC Martyn Underhill said: “This is an important meeting as I will be laying out my plans for a 1.96% increase in the policing precept for Dorset. It will help people understand how decisions relating to council tax are made and the role that the Panel plays in setting the budget. Openness, transparency and accountability is key to my work and I encourage people to watch the debate online.”
Cllr John Adams, Chairman of The Dorset Police and Crime panel, said he and his colleagues will hold the PCC 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."