LETTER: Why pay more tax for police?

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Some readers may not be aware that the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is consulting on the proposal to increase the police precept by 3.6 per cent, whilst we are led to believe that the county and many district councils are continuing to freeze council tax.

At a recent meeting in Horsham, the PCC advised that the number of policemen in West Sussex had been increased by over 200 but when prompted, confirmed that this had been preceded by a reduction of 500, before she took up office.

Since some residents are paying for Neighbourhood Wardens, to compensate for a reduction in police presence, they would be more than justified in asking why they should now pay more, at a time when disposable incomes have fallen steadily for many years and when we hear many complaints about the lack of response to reported crimes.

Since the total cost of policing of a large village can amount to around £500,000 pa, the costs are not insignificant and many residents will no doubt want to enter their objection on website: http://www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk/precept-consultation/

P.M. RANDS

Arun Road, Billingshurst