Bill Longmore pledges council tax freeze

Worcester News: Police and Crime Commissioner Bill Longmore Police and Crime Commissioner Bill Longmore

POLICE and crime commissioner Bill Longmore has pledged to freeze council tax bills this year - admitting a public outcry had helped make his mind up.

Last month West Mercia Police’s elected boss Mr Longmore raised the prospect of a two per cent rise from April, but since then more than 1,000 letters and emails have flooded into his office, with 70 per cent against it.

The force could have raked in £1.6 million from the increase, but decided against it following the correspondence.

Mr Longmore said: “We are trying to manage the finances so we’re not in a position where we have to put the council tax precept up.

“Many people said they didn’t want to see a rise so our conclusion was, let’s leave that money with people and not take it.

“We need to all go forward together, that includes the wider community and councils.”

The police only takes in 12 per cent of the council tax bill, with the rest going to the fire service, Worcestershire County Council and other district councils.

The council tax freeze is subject to feedback from the watchdog-style police and crime panel, which takes place later today.

The commissioner will take on board comments made by the panel before rubber stamping the precept level.

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8:57am Tue 5 Feb 13

mauro balbino says...

A public outcry didn't help him make his mind up before...
A public outcry didn't help him make his mind up before... mauro balbino
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9:25am Tue 5 Feb 13

TDH123 says...

I personally and I imagine many others would quite happily have paid more if, and only if, we had confidence in the person who would be endorsing the spending of those additional monies on policing. Regretfully Mr Longmore has lost many peoples confidence in his appointment and dealings with his deputy. Mr Longmore ignored, somewhat arrogantly I would suggest, the public outcry regarding his friends appointment. His public appearances do little to raise one's confidence in him. To now make a decision based on the contents of only 1000 or so letters and e-mails is somewhat sad reflecting Mr Longmores lack of suitability for his position.
I personally and I imagine many others would quite happily have paid more if, and only if, we had confidence in the person who would be endorsing the spending of those additional monies on policing. Regretfully Mr Longmore has lost many peoples confidence in his appointment and dealings with his deputy. Mr Longmore ignored, somewhat arrogantly I would suggest, the public outcry regarding his friends appointment. His public appearances do little to raise one's confidence in him. To now make a decision based on the contents of only 1000 or so letters and e-mails is somewhat sad reflecting Mr Longmores lack of suitability for his position. TDH123
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11:36am Tue 5 Feb 13

mayall8808 says...

Pity the public's voice on him has'nt made him resign.
Pity the public's voice on him has'nt made him resign. mayall8808
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2:36pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Spetchley Dave says...

I can't help thinking our Bill is missing a trick here. If he put the Council tax up by 5% he could afford to bring in another of his buddies to be "Assistant Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner" on a silly salary.

If he put it 10% we could also have another one of his mates as "Associate Assistant Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner."

Come on Bill, think about it, you could employ all your old drinking buddies from Staffordshire Police if you just ignore public opinion, and you know how easy you find that...
I can't help thinking our Bill is missing a trick here. If he put the Council tax up by 5% he could afford to bring in another of his buddies to be "Assistant Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner" on a silly salary. If he put it 10% we could also have another one of his mates as "Associate Assistant Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner." Come on Bill, think about it, you could employ all your old drinking buddies from Staffordshire Police if you just ignore public opinion, and you know how easy you find that... Spetchley Dave
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9:20pm Tue 5 Feb 13

honestscott says...

He's only done what labour and conservative PCC's have done I'm not saying its right but lets judge him on weather west mecia police crime levels fall and the fear of crime is lower at the end of his term office than it was at the start ! Let's remember he was the only candidate who has served in the police service so shouldn't take him long to get to grips with the problems
He's only done what labour and conservative PCC's have done I'm not saying its right but lets judge him on weather west mecia police crime levels fall and the fear of crime is lower at the end of his term office than it was at the start ! Let's remember he was the only candidate who has served in the police service so shouldn't take him long to get to grips with the problems honestscott
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