‘How much would you pay for the police?’

Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw is asking residents how much they are willing to pay for the police.
Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw is asking residents how much they are willing to pay for the police.
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Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Clive Grunshaw will be in Blackpool in the New Year talking about his policing priorities and asking people how much they are willing to pay for the police.

The Commissioner launched this year’s How Much campaign in late November and has been seeking people’s views on the police precept – the part of the council tax that helps fund policing across the county.

And he is asking people if they want to freeze the precept, increase it by 6p a week (two per cent) or by 15p a week (five per cent).

More than 2,000 people from across county have already had their say either through an online survey on the commissioner’s website, on surveys placed in police enquiry desks and libraries or via a telephone poll undertaken by an independent research company.

But Mr Grunshaw is hoping to engage with people who may not usually respond to such consultations by meeting them shopping centres.

He said: “I’ve been really pleased with the responses we have had so far. We have used social media and email marketing to try and reach a much larger number of people this year.

“But there are still people we won’t have spoken to and I am hoping that by going to a place where they may feel more familiar such as a shopping centre, then that would encourage more people to chat to me. I want to get as many views from people as possible so that my decision genuinely reflects the majority view of the people of Lancashire.”

Mr Grunshaw will be at the Houndshill Shopping Centre from 11am to 2pm on January 17.