HAMPSHIRE’S Police and Crime Commissioner is urging residents to have their say on plans to raise the force’s precept.

PCC Michael Lane has said he wants to raise the public contributions by the maximum £2 per house, after it was announced last month by the government that police forces would be allowed to do so.

This means locals could pay an extra £24 a year for a Band D property.

It comes after the new national budget allowance was unveiled by Nick Hurd, minister for policing. He announced that forces would get a slice of £970 million in extra cash next year – with £500 million of this coming from increased precept rates.

This will see the 2019/20 budget increased to £14 billion.

It is not yet known how much extra funding Hampshire Constabulary will get from the government fund.

But now, residents are being asked to have their say. Mr Lane said “It is good news that the minister has recognised the continued need for flexibility in the precept local tax setting powers that Police and Crime Commissioners have.

“However I am conscious that this shifts more of the burden of paying for the increasing costs of policing to the local council tax payer.

“It is therefore more important than ever that I hear from council tax payers the level of contribution they would be willing to make through my precept survey.

“To give you my reassurance, I wish to make a commitment that all of the money that comes from a rise in local council tax will go to support local policing and the increase will ensure there will be no reduction in policing in the Hampshire Constabulary area.

“I continue to believe that a nationally fairer funder formula is the most appropriate way for the long term future of policing funding. I know that there are pressures on government, but I will continue to fight for this.”

Mr Lane previously said that if locals support him to raise tax, the cash will be used to “ensure that locally communities will have the same level of policing support – configured by the Chief Constable and her team to meet current threats”.

He also said that the additional funding will protect recruiting and training for the workforce of the order of 200 new police officers, around 60 Police Staff Investigators, and a course for new PCSOs.

Breaking down the £970 million of national funding, £161 million will come from Government grants, with a further £150 million will be available to pay into police pension pots.

An extra £59 million will be given towards counter-terror policing and £90 million is being made available to tackle economic and cyber crime, as well as child sexual exploitation.

To take part in the survey, visit: www.hampshire-pcc.gov.uk/budget.