Cleveland Police to ask for two per cent rise in council tax precept

Darlington and Stockton Times: Cleveland Police Cleveland Police

A POLICE force in the region will be asking for more money from tax-payers this year.

Cleveland Police will go to the four councils in its area requesting an increase of nearly two per cent in the council tax precept.

That will about to about 20p a month for council tax payers in most Band A properties and about 32p a month for Band D homes.

Barry Coppinger, police and crime commissioner, said he also wanted to restructure the Force partly to improve efficiency and reduce senior and middle management costs.

Other cost-saving measures being considered include a voluntary redundancy and early retirement programme, selling the police headquarters at Ladgate Lane and working more closely with other police forces and agencies.

Mr Coppinger complained the Government had not left much time to consider the precept. He said: “There has been little time for consultation. As late as Friday, January 31, when I was due to finalise proposals under the Government’s timetable, there was no confirmation from them as to what the precept limit was to be.”

Coun Norma Stephenson, who is chairwoman of the Police and Crime Panel, which scrutinises the work of the commissioner, said: “Whilst supportive of the overall approach the commissioner has taken the panel has asked that we be kept updated regarding future plans and progress regarding the various actions to be taken to realise savings.”

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9:05pm Mon 10 Feb 14

behonest says...

Another Labour-controlled authority wanting to shaft the taxpayer for the highest tax rise possible without a referendum.

It must be particularly galling for the people of Cleveland to be forced to hand over this extra tax, for it then to be wasted on the worst police force in the country. Labour's Barry Coppinger - what a disaster.
Another Labour-controlled authority wanting to shaft the taxpayer for the highest tax rise possible without a referendum. It must be particularly galling for the people of Cleveland to be forced to hand over this extra tax, for it then to be wasted on the worst police force in the country. Labour's Barry Coppinger - what a disaster. behonest
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8:01am Tue 11 Feb 14

somethinginsidesostrong says...

So The Police Commissioner wants to take more Council Tax from the hard working, long suffering people of Cleveland! He could provide the solution by not applying for a salary with perks increase. The fact that highly paid Police Commissioners is V.F.M. is tendentious. Just jobs for the boys, that are able to gift themselves with £24000 cars at the Tax payers expense ;) If the Police Commission role was to perform this role out of altruism instead of the motor of self interest, would there be so many applicants for the post?
So The Police Commissioner wants to take more Council Tax from the hard working, long suffering people of Cleveland! He could provide the solution by not applying for a salary with perks increase. The fact that highly paid Police Commissioners is V.F.M. is tendentious. Just jobs for the boys, that are able to gift themselves with £24000 cars at the Tax payers expense ;) If the Police Commission role was to perform this role out of altruism instead of the motor of self interest, would there be so many applicants for the post? somethinginsidesostrong
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5:13pm Tue 11 Feb 14

st-george1 says...

So, Labour’s Mr Coppinger wants another 2% extra taxpayers money to put into such a poorly managed, cash-guzzling outfit, so he can try to restructure the Force, partly by improving efficiency and reduce senior officers costs as well as what else I wonder, other than topping up the huge £11million financial black-hole !
… so look what’s he got …
- in 2003 there were 1592 officers = that’s 1.2% of the national total
- In 2012 there were 1459 officers = that’s 1.1% of the national total = a reduction of 133 over 9 years or 8.3%
- in 2012 there were 388 officers per 100,000 of the Cleveland population, nationally it was 259 …
What Party support will Stockton Council’s Labour Councillor Norma Stephenson give as chairwoman of the Cleveland Police and Crime Panel, that includes 8 other Labour Councillors, 1 Conservative, 1 Lib-Dem and 2 Independents … impartiality maybe.
So, Labour’s Mr Coppinger wants another 2% extra taxpayers money to put into such a poorly managed, cash-guzzling outfit, so he can try to restructure the Force, partly by improving efficiency and reduce senior officers costs as well as what else I wonder, other than topping up the huge £11million financial black-hole ! … so look what’s he got … - in 2003 there were 1592 officers = that’s 1.2% of the national total - In 2012 there were 1459 officers = that’s 1.1% of the national total = a reduction of 133 over 9 years or 8.3% - in 2012 there were 388 officers per 100,000 of the Cleveland population, nationally it was 259 … What Party support will Stockton Council’s Labour Councillor Norma Stephenson give as chairwoman of the Cleveland Police and Crime Panel, that includes 8 other Labour Councillors, 1 Conservative, 1 Lib-Dem and 2 Independents … impartiality maybe. st-george1
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5:54pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Claude Ted says...

No surprise they are asking for more cash, in reality they will get it & ratepayers will have no choice but to fund this discredited police force.
If they want cash maybe they should claw back the massive pay offs to senior managers, use the alledged millions they saved on the Steria deal & repossess Ron Hoggs police car which is an asset of tax payers.
This outfit has cost millions due to its incompetence with flawed, incompetent & dubious investigations.
Chasing solicitors cost us half a million, thousands wasted on an investigation & there is no way it was covered by insurance. Anyway who would insure this lot!
It is headed by PCC that is inexperienced & unqualified to run an organisation of this kind. He supported & was deeply involved in the decision making by the previously defunct & discredited CPA.
The only solution is to scrap this force & merge with a force that has some credibility!
No surprise they are asking for more cash, in reality they will get it & ratepayers will have no choice but to fund this discredited police force. If they want cash maybe they should claw back the massive pay offs to senior managers, use the alledged millions they saved on the Steria deal & repossess Ron Hoggs police car which is an asset of tax payers. This outfit has cost millions due to its incompetence with flawed, incompetent & dubious investigations. Chasing solicitors cost us half a million, thousands wasted on an investigation & there is no way it was covered by insurance. Anyway who would insure this lot! It is headed by PCC that is inexperienced & unqualified to run an organisation of this kind. He supported & was deeply involved in the decision making by the previously defunct & discredited CPA. The only solution is to scrap this force & merge with a force that has some credibility! Claude Ted
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