Council tax may rise to fund policing

Households on the Isle of Wight are likely to be paying more council tax to help fund policing in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Michael Lane, is looking into the option of increasing the Police precept.

The Government is allowing all Police and Crime Commissioners the flexibility to increase council tax by £2 per month per Band D property. Under the proposed plans, Band H properties on the Island could pay £48 more per year, there would be an increase of £24 a year for a Band D property, and for a Band A property, the increase would be £16 a year.

Commissioner Lane said in a statement this week: “In welcoming the option to raise local precept, I should be immediately clear that there is only one option that I can recommend to the people I serve, with the intention to keep them SAFER. That is, to take full advantage of the settlement to protect current police services and use the additional £2 per month option to deliver local safety, through plans devised by the Chief Constable as the operational expert.