Do you want to pay more for police?

Dame Vera Baird, Northumbrias Police and Crime Commissioner.

Dame Vera Baird, Northumbrias Police and Crime Commissioner.

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Have your say

Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird, is asking for the views of residents on the amount of council tax to be paid for local policing – the police precept.

The force’s central funding for 2017/18 can be increased, but only if this precept is raised by £5 per year for a Band D property – an extra 10p per week.

Email views to enquiries@northumbria-pcc.gov.uk by January 22. Residents must include their home address.

In Northumbria, people living in a band D property currently pay £93.33 per year in council tax for their police service. This area currently has the lowest police precept of all the 43 police forces in England and Wales.

Dame Vera said: “I am asking if people would be content to pay a maximum increase of 10p a week on a Band D property to minimise further cuts. I want to hear what they think is best for Northumbria.”