Panel accepts 1.95 per cent increase in Lincolnshire Police portion of council tax

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The Lincolnshire Police and Crime Panel has this morning accepted a recommendation that the county police force’s portion of the council tax should increase by 1.95 per cent.

The recommendation was made by Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick. He submitted a series of commitments and proposals to the panel, saying he intended to maintain the number of police officers and police community support officers (PCSOs) for a further year. Currently, there are around 1100 officers and 149 PCSOs in the county.

Following the panel’s acceptance of his recommendation, Mr Hardwick said: “The think blue line will not get any thinner”.

The increase in the police’s segment of the council tax is equal to about 7p a week for most Lincolnshire residents.