Dorset’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Martyn Underhill, took part in a live web chat last night, to answer the public’s questions about the 2018/19 precept.
Every year, the PCC decides whether to freeze or raise the part of council tax that goes towards funding Dorset Police.
For this financial year, he is considering a rise of £1 per month for an average household.
A survey is underway to find the reactions of the community to this tax increase. You can contribute here.
The live web chat took place between 6pm and 7pm, where questions regarding both the police precept and other policing issues were raised by the public and answered by the PCC himself:
PCC Underhill was met with mixed responses to his proposal for this years precept. Residents were unsure of how the extra pound would be spent and whether this extra cost was necessary.
However he explained how a lack of funding would consequence in a loss of policing jobs due to Government cuts.
You can view PCC Martyn Underhill’s full statement on this years precept here.