"POLICE LEVY ON COUNCIL TAX IS DAYLIGHT ROBBERY" SAYS LILLEY

- Monday, 20th June 2005

 

Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, has pointed to new research exposing the soaring council tax levied by police authorities, and how this money has not been spent on extra policemen on the beat.

New figures obtained in Parliament by the Conservative shadow minister show that in Hertfordshire, the police charge has soared by 118% since 1997. This raised an extra ?57.7million in 2004/05 in tax for Hertfordshire policy authority.

Yet not all this extra money has been allocated to hiring extra police officers. Had all the increase in council tax been spent on police officers, this would pay for an additional 2,135 police officers on Hertfordshire?s streets.


Peter Lilley said: "We already knew that Labour?s fiddled funding has forced local councils to whack up council tax bills. Now we can see that our police forces have suffered too. The police levy on council tax bills in Hertfordshire has rocketed by 118% since 1997.

"But little of this extra tax has been spent on more police on the beat. Red tape and burdens imposed from Whitehall have forced up policing costs. As a result, Hertfordshire is missing 2,135 additional police officers which could have been funded. This just confirms that under Mr Blair, council tax bills are now daylight robbery.?

ENDS


Note to editors:

Extract from Hansard attached


Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the outturn band D council tax precepts were for each police authority in England and Wales in each year from 1997?98 to 2005?06. [371]
Hazel Blears: The information is set out in the following table.

?
Police precept on council tax (band D)
Police authority 1997?98 1998?99 1999?2000 2000?01 2001?02
Hertfordshire 51.51 58.83 63.54 67.99 72.39

?
Police precept on council tax (band D)
Police authority 2002?03 2003?04 2004?05 2005?06
Hertfordshire 81.01 98.28 112.53 118.09



Source:
Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the National Assembly for Wales


Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers, excluding support staff and community support officers, were employed in each police authority in England and Wales

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in each year since 1997. [373]
Hazel Blears: The information requested is given in the following table.

Police strength by police force full-time equivalents

March September
England and Wales 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 (22)2003 (22)2004 (22)2004
Hertfordshire 1,759 1,740 1,724 1,767 1,922 1,825 1,957 2,086 2,135
Total all forces 125,051 124,756 123,841 121,956 123,476 127,267 131,426 137,128 138,305


(22) All officers (FTE) less staff on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave (comparable with previously published figures)

Police Precepts
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total revenue raised from police precepts was in each police authority in England and Wales for each year from 1997?98 to 2005?06. [372]
Hazel Blears: The information is set out in the following table.

? million
1997?98 1998?99 1999?2000 2000?01 2001?02
Hertfordshire 17.6 20.2 22.0 28.1 30.2


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