PEOPLE are being asked on their views about another rise in the amount of money they pay towards policing in County Durham.

Ron Hogg, Durham’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), says he expects to increase this year’s precept by two per cent, slightly more than last year’s 1.98 per cent increase.

He is launching a consultation to ask for people’s opinions on the increase.

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He said: “The Government has reduced the funding for policing every year since 2010, which has led to a reduction of around 360 officers.

“Next year I expect to have to increase the police element of council tax by two per cent to maximise numbers. This is equivalent to 4p a week for a household living in a property in council tax band A.”

For anyone living in a Band D property, there would be a rise of £3.38, increasing the total to £172.62.

For someone in a Band A property, the amount paid would be £115.09 – £2.26 more than this year.

Part of the police’s budget is funded through its precept, which is collected by Durham County Council.

He added: “As well as seeking the views of local residents, last week I wrote to the Chancellor of the Exchequer to demand that central government provide more funding for policing.

“Whilst I am willing to ask local people to consider paying a little more for their policing, it is not right that they should shoulder the whole burden.”

People can respond to the consultation by completing an online survey, which can be found by visiting www.durham-pcc.gov.uk.