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PCVC asks for residents' views on paying more for policing

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PCVC Ron Hogg

Residents across County Durham and Darlington are being asked for their opinion about police funding in a new survey launched today.

The survey asks whether local residents would be prepared to pay a higher amount for the police element of Council Tax, to maximise the number of Police Officers in the area.

Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner Ron Hogg said: “The Government has reduced the funding for policing every year since 2010, which has led to a reduction of around 360 officers. Next year I expect to have to increase the police element of Council Tax by 2% to maximise numbers. This is equivalent to 4p a week for a household living in a property in Council Tax Band A.”

Ron added “as well as seeking the views of local residents, last week I wrote to the Chancellor of the Exchequer to demand that central government provide more funding for policing. Whilst I am willing to ask local people to consider paying a little more for their policing, it is not right that they should shoulder the whole burden”.

The survey only takes a few seconds to complete. It can be found on Ron’s website at: www.durham-pcc.gov.uk

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Notes to editors:

For more information, or to arrange an interview with Ron Hogg, please contact Jon Carling on 07814174417 or by email at PCVC.Media@durham.pcc.pnn.gov.uk
Posted on Tuesday 7th November 2017
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