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Police bill could rise warns Thames Valley’s police and crime commissioner

Published: 31 Jan 2014 12:300 comments

THE man in charge of policing in the Thames Valley has warned of more charges being heaped on the taxpayer to combat crippling central government budget cuts.

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It has yet to be confirmed how much taxpayers will pay in their precept to fund Thames Valley Police in 2014/15 though Anthony Stansfeld, the Thames Valley’s police and crime commissioner, has hinted it could be as high as 2% more compared to this year.

Mr Stansfeld made the comments when being quizzed by councillors on the Royal Borough’s crime and disorder panel at a meeting on Monday.

He said: “It could be 2% for the coming year but maybe as low as 1.5%. If the Government keeps cutting our budget by 4% each year, we will have to raise it [the precept] by 2%, unless you don’t want more police officers.”

For this financial year –Mr Stansfeld’s first full year in office – householders in band D paid £157.38 for the police precept annually, which was a 2% increase on the previous year.

Thames Valley Police had a reduction of about £5m to its budget this financial year compared to 2012/13.

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