Police element of Council Tax bill to be frozen for third year running

David Lloyd.

David Lloyd.

First published in News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

Hertfordshire’s new police commissioner has announced he intends to freeze the police element of Council Tax next year.

David Lloyd, who became the county’s first commissioner earlier this month, made a commitment to residents that there would not be an increase during his election campaign.

He said: "People are feeling the pinch and it would be wrong to increase their bills at this time. 

"Hertfordshire police finances are well managed and I am confident we shall be able to continue to drive down crime while keeping taxes low."

Details of the budget are still being discussed and Mr Lloyd will give an initial presentation next week.

For every £1 of Council Tax paid 74p goes to Hertfordshire County Council and 16p goes to the borough council. The final 10p goes to policing.

If the police element of tax is frozen, 2013 will be the third year running that residents have not seen an increase in their contribution to the county’s force.

Mr Lloyd added: "I intend to demonstrate to the panel that high quality policing can be maintained across Hertfordshire whilst the overall budget reduces.

"Ensuring the very best value for money is one of my top priorities and I will continue to work to promote front line policing provision."

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10:48pm Wed 28 Nov 12

LSC says...

When are these people going to realise that most sensible folk don't MIND paying tax for things like the police, providing we get decent policing.
It is the bizarre Council schemes that annoy people, like bridges over ponds and consultants to find out whether we should appoint a team of consultants to review how we handle consultancy policy in future.
When are these people going to realise that most sensible folk don't MIND paying tax for things like the police, providing we get decent policing. It is the bizarre Council schemes that annoy people, like bridges over ponds and consultants to find out whether we should appoint a team of consultants to review how we handle consultancy policy in future. LSC
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3:40am Thu 29 Nov 12

Honest Rog says...

How magnanimous of Plod to not raise their element of Council Tax. Much emphasis is put upon no increase for 3 years. Bearing in mind that inflation during this period has been between 0 and 3% and it's hardly spectacular. No mention of previous years when Plod extracted 12% and 13.5% from taxpayers in successive years when inflation was running at 5%. Their nest is already feathered.
How magnanimous of Plod to not raise their element of Council Tax. Much emphasis is put upon no increase for 3 years. Bearing in mind that inflation during this period has been between 0 and 3% and it's hardly spectacular. No mention of previous years when Plod extracted 12% and 13.5% from taxpayers in successive years when inflation was running at 5%. Their nest is already feathered. Honest Rog
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9:34am Thu 29 Nov 12

clarkie750 says...

When was that Rog?
When was that Rog? clarkie750
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1:58pm Thu 29 Nov 12

thomas.howard says...

Can he just resign and let the police use his salary for constables?
Can he just resign and let the police use his salary for constables? thomas.howard
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