Police council tax precept rises by 6.4%

Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner Keith Hunter
Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner Keith Hunter

The Humberside Police and Crime Panel has voted unanimously in favour to increase the portion of council tax used to pay for policing by 6.4%.

Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner Keith Hunter presented his proposals to the panel on Wednesday 7 February. Following the decision, the panel asked for an update after six months to measure progress.

Mr Hunter said: “I am pleased the panel have supported the proposal but fully understand the reluctance of some panel members to increase the taxes of local people. I feel the same way myself, but the reality is we have been put in this position by the Government and every community I speak to want more police officers.

“Therefore, this was the only way it could be delivered, so I’m not happy at increasing taxes but I’m content that I will be doing what communities want me to do.”

The panel is composed of a group of cross-party Councillors from Hull, the East Riding of Yorkshire, North and North East Lincolnshire, plus independent members.