Social media reacts to police plea for greater tax revenue

PUBLISHED: 11:00 31 December 2017

Police and Crime Commissioner has repeatedly petitioned the Government for better police funding.

Police and Crime Commissioner has repeatedly petitioned the Government for better police funding.

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Would you pay an extra £1 per month for policing? That is the question being asked by Avon and Somerset Constabulary.

Sue Mountstevens. Picture: Freia TurlandSue Mountstevens. Picture: Freia Turland

The force has complained of insufficient Government funding in the past 12 months, leading Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens to ask the public if they are willing to stump up more cash for cops.

Avon and Somerset are proposing an increase of 6.6 per cent in the police precept for the coming year, which amounts to £1 a month per household, and would mean the average band D property owner pays £193.91 a year for policing.

Ms Mountstevens said: “I am always conscious many residents are struggling with bills and I never take a decision to raise the policing part of the council tax lightly.”

Many people took to social media to share their view.

Matt Deakin wrote: “I know what will happen, we’ll pay our pound and it will get wasted. So no, I won’t pay an extra pound unless I know it’s going to improve things.”

Valerie Cole said: “This is absurd. Central Government needs to get its taxation priorities right to pay for our public services.

“Ordinary working people should not be asked to chip in to shore up our failing services, we already pay taxes and council tax.

“We’ve had enough of austerity and there should be no more cuts to services.”

Martin Bewley commented: “Would be nice if, just for once, services budgeted for were supplied for the whole 12 months of the fiscal period.

“The practice seems to be to charge more for services, under one guise, and then cut them halfway through the year and have the money disappear into the ether.”

Chris Hunt said: “It goes to show how hard times are when a Government-funded service has to ask the public to help out.

“This magic money tree doesn’t seem to grow on our shores.”

Bex Lynch wrote: “What is this? Every service seems to be being cut, the people suffer while our councillors keep getting their bonuses and expenses, but let’s not focus on that, we’ll have a whip round.”

Tracy Kaye said: “I’d pay an extra pound for the NHS.”

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