Would you be prepared to contribute a little extra to help protect local policing against government cuts to the police budget?
After six years of austerity, the Government promised in December 2015 to protect police budgets. However, before Christmas the Commissioner, Jane Kennedy, urged the Government to stop the misleading the public after it was confirmed that the grant allocated to Merseyside Police will once again be cut for 2017/18.
If the proposed 1.4% cut is imposed it will leave the Force facing a grant reduction of £3.3m next year in comparison to this year.
To help fill this funding black hole, the Government has assumed that local people can pay more towards policing through their Council Tax.
But before making a decision on whether to make the increase expected by the Government, Jane wants to hear your views – would you be willing to contribute an extra 4p a week to make up for the Government shortfall and help her to limit the impact of these cuts?