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I am  consulting the Police and Crime Panel regarding proposals to increase the council tax as part of the budget setting process. Cumbria is a safe place and it is really important that the Chief Constable has the budget enable him to police the county.

Therefore I am proposing to increase the council tax policing precept by 1.91% which is £4.14 per annum for a band D property for 2017/18.  This is effectively an increase of just over a penny a day which I am sure most people would consider good value for money. 

The budget has been prepared in consultation with the Chief Constable and I will be taking my proposal to the Police and Crime Panel on 23 January and I welcome their feedback. 

I would also like to hear your views on the proposals, please email me at or write to me at: Police Headquarters, Carleton Hall,  Penrith, Cumbria CA10 2AU.  Alternatively, you can ring the office on 01768 217734. Can you please let me have your feedback by 13 February.  

Once I have received all the feedback I will be able to set a final budget towards the end of February.

You can read the full council tax precept proposals at this link.  All of the papers for the Police and Crime Panel meeting can be viewed here

Peter McCall

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria Constabulary