Your council tax bill is segmented, or separated into precepts, which is specific ring fenced money that is redistributed to different people – for example the police. Yesterday the North Wales Police and Crime Panel agreed to a proposed rise of the precept by 3.47% from the 1st of April
This rise, roughly 18p a week for B and D bands, is to help raise funds for extra policing. (You can read the break downs of council tax charges for band D on the council site here).
Chief Constable Mark Polin said “Today’s decision means that during the course of the year we will be able to recruit an additional 51 officers to enhance existing support to communities across the whole of North Wales. The fact that we have as a Force been working to deliver savings over a number of years means that we are in a position to be able to invest this extra funding in frontline policing and continued service improvement.”
“The decision will also significantly help us to deliver the Commissioner’s policing plan.”
The North Wales Police Commissioner is of course Winston Roddick, who won an underwhelming victory in an underwhelming election back in November. Mr Roddick won with 44% of the votes cast, however that equated to just 6.8% of the total possible votes in North Wales. You can read our report entitled ‘Wrexham Votes For No One As Police Commissioner But Roddick Wins’ here.