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Commissioner announces police precept council tax freeze for 2013

November 27, 2012, 7:08 pm

David Lloyd today confirmed that he intends to freeze the policing element of council tax in Hertfordshire.  His decision follows agreement with Hertfordshires Chief Constable, Andy Bliss, that a balanced budget could be produced for the coming year.

Commissioner Lloyd said: “This is the third year running that the public hasnt had to pay a penny more for policing in Hertfordshire.  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 that we shall be able to continue to drive down crime whilst keeping taxes low.”

Commissioner Lloyd had made a commitment to freeze the precept during the Police and Crime Commissioner election campaign. Having ensured that this was a safe and viable option in discussions with the Chief Constable and other senior advisors, he is now putting his plans into practice.

The final detail of the budget is still being progressed but an initial presentation will be made to the Hertfordshire Police and Crime Panel (PCP) on 6th December.  The PCP has a statutory role in considering the precept level.

David Lloyd said: “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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