More bobbies on the beat if council tax rise is agreed

A COUNCIL tax rise is expected to lead to more bobbies on the beat in Staffordshire.

Tax bills for policing in the county could increase by 6.29 per cent for 2018-19.

The county’s police and crime commissioner Matthew Ellis says an extra 44 officers would be patrolling the streets as part of the proposed deal.

The suggested increase in tax would generate £1.3 million to spend on the force’s listed key priorities.

These include neighbourhood policing, improved CCTV and digital equipment to assist investigations, and more mobile speed cameras to tackle road safety issues.

The extra tax demand would mean householders in Band D properties would pay a total of £192.56, which equates to 21.9p per week or £11.40 for the year.

Mr Ellis’s proposals will go before the county’s police and crime panel for consideration next Monday.