Council Tax payers on the Isle of Wight are facing an increase of £2 per month on a band D property, to maintain current policing levels, says the Police and Crime Commissioner.

A consultation has now been launched into the proposed increase into the annual Police Precept, which is paid on top of the Council Tax payment and fees to a parish or town council. To comment CLICK HERE.

Michael Lane says he welcomes the Policing Minister’s announcement allowing the increase of £24 per year for a Band D property.

He said,

“I should be immediately clear that there is only one option that I can recommend to the people I serve, with the intention to keep them SAFER. That is to take full advantage of the settlement to protect current police services and use the additional £2 per month option to deliver local safety, through plans devised by the Chief Constable as the operational expert.”

Mr Lane says the cash will allow “the same level of policing support – configured by the Chief Constable and her Team” and will protect recruiting and training.

Read his statement in full here.