West Yorkshire council taxpayers face 2% police tax rise after plan approved

Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire Mark Burns-Williamson.

Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire Mark Burns-Williamson.

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Plans to increase the amount council taxpayers pay for policing in West Yorkshire have been approved.

The West Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel yesterday backed proposals by Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson to increase the precept by 1.99 per cent.

The move, which means an annual increase of £2.70 a year for Band D properties, comes a month after Leeds City Council announced plans to increase its share of the local levy by the same amount following a three-year freeze.

Mr Burns-Williamson, who said 65 per cent of people who responded to a survey supported the move, said the increase would help pay for the recruitment of 126 police officers and 70 essential police staff roles in the next year.

He said: “This proposal is essential to continue sustained recruitment of police officers and staff and to protect the level of community support officers.”

But panel member Les Carter, who was among the Conservative members who voted against the plan, said: “It’s hard for rate payers at the moment and we didn’t think that there was a need for the increase.”

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