South Yorkshire crime commissioner faces taxing dilemma

The crime commissioner for South Yorkshire fears his beleaguered force will not get any further financial help from the Government if he does not increase his share of council tax by the maximum amount possible.

Dr Alan Billings is considering increase the police precept in the county by three per cent, the equivalent of £5 a year for a Band D home, to avoid having to repeat the redundancies made by the force last year.

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2 Responses to South Yorkshire crime commissioner faces taxing dilemma

  1. Paddy Cawkwell says:

    I’d pay it.

  2. Dave Smith says:

    Why should people living in areas like mine, Dinnington, pay extra for the police we don’t have, we have two PCSOs who are paid a lot less than a police constable. They also have a lot less powers, they only have the same powers of arrest as you or I. The crime rate in Dinnington is steadily rising as we who live here well know, but Billings and his spin doctors tell a different story. It interesting that Billings closes our police station yet RMBC have in their plans for Dinnington the expansion of it. It is also interesting that our two Labour borough councillors are staying very quiet on this subject. Given the tragedy that has befallen a devastated family in Dinnington in the last few days should give Dr Billings serous food for thought on this subject.
    Dave Smith

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