Charles rules out raising police precept

Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles has said he will not be looking to raise the council tax precept in the county to help pay for the shortfall in police funding.

His comments came after Surrey’s Police and Crime Commissioner Kevin Hurley called for a rise in the council tax precept in his county to increase by up to 25 per cent to make up for cuts to government grants.

But Mr Charles said that while Derbyshire Constabulary needs to save a further £23.5 million over the next four or five years, he would not be following suit in Derbyshire, because he didn’t think it would be “fair”.

He added: “The difference between Derbyshire and Surrey is the way we are financed. In Derbyshire, because the house prices are far lower than in Surrey, the amount raised by the council precept is far lower so we rely more on government money.”