Labour candidate Chris Vince on plans to put up police part of council tax: “It’s like Groundhog Day”

General Election 2024 / Mon 29th Jan 2024 at 09:33am

THE LABOUR candidate at the next General Election, Chris Vince has

Mr Vince said: “The announcement by the Conservative Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex (a role created by the Conservative government) feels a little like groundhog day for residents in our town, who will once again see their council tax bill rising to cover the shortfall in central government funding for local emergency services. 

It is a fact that year on year the proportion of council tax which goes towards policing and fire services in Essex, and that which goes to Essex County Council, is increasing and far outweighs any increase from Harlow Council.  For all this additional tax residents in Harlow would be right to ask what they are getting for their money. 

Although the current Conservative government may boast about ‘record numbers of policing’ the reality is they have only just returned to levels of policing of 14 years when they came to power.With an increased population, not to mention the fact that police are now being made to cover for hundreds of backroom roles cut by the Tories, it’s no wonder that seeing a police officer on the street is becoming a rarity. 

Policing should be funded by a more progressive tax system from central government, rather than the Essex PFCC being once again forced to go cap in hand to Harlow tax payers.  I once again urge him to do whatever he can to convince his government to invest in the safety of our community. 

“As your MP I will be proud to be part of a Labour Government that properly funds all local services including an additional 13000 new community police officers. 

Harlow households face 5.55 per cent increase on police precept bill – Your Harlow 

Letter to Editor: Why are police bosses looking for more money (again and again)? – Your Harlow 

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8 Comments for Labour candidate Chris Vince on plans to put up police part of council tax: “It’s like Groundhog Day”:

2024-01-29 11:51:10

Simple question to your lady statement above, How will you fund all local service and provide an extra 13000 extra community police officers? Where will the money come from?

2024-01-29 11:51:38


Matthew Kirkbride
2024-01-29 12:16:59

Adam, in his last post Chris Vince claimed that all these goodies would be funded by VAT on private school fees - although he omitted to mention how much this would be-and the extra 13,000 police through .....quote: "efficiencies already identified.." Couldn't be clearer and more specific!

2024-01-29 13:41:42

Mathew, figures from The Taxpayers alliance show that adding VAT to school fees Will not only make private education even more elitist but will force about 20% of currently privately educated pupils back into the state education system, that alone will cost the government in excess of £600million a year to finance the extra pupils, that on top of the drop in revenue from prove schools you quickly see the flaw in their figures, it's a bit like the plan to tax Non Dom's, what's plan B when they all pack up and leave?

2024-01-29 14:29:54

We all know we will be promised everything we ever wanted. But nothing will happen as usual. Mr Vince I have no confidence in you at all. You come up with plans that obviously cannot be paid for. You are as bad as Corbyn.

Guy Flegman
2024-01-29 15:48:03

It is clearly “ vote for me and I will make all your dreams come true” season

2024-01-29 16:28:13

Unlike in 1997 when the inherited a sensiblie-ish economy (that they then destroyed and priced out many from housing, thanks labour - the Tories compounded ). This time around we are broke so there is going to be less and less money to give to the woke fantasies of labour or to support their growing client base of benefit recipients. So they will have to raise taxes which will become a vicious circle. As for the VAT on school places it is just jealousy and I would home school mine before I let them go to any of the state schools in Harlow which seem to create such a hopelessness.

2024-01-29 19:10:27

Pedro, if all the Non Dom's choose to leave, can we have British CEOs for our Great British Companies?

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