Craven residents are being asked to comment on proposals by the Police and Crime Commissioner to increase council tax.

Julia Mulligan is proposing a precept increase of just under two per cent – an average rise of £4.07 per year, or 8p per week.

“These are extremely challenging times. Like all public sector organisations, we need to maintain and improve services while reducing spending,” she said. “Along with various other proposals – such as collaboration with partners and a review of senior staff – I am doing my best to ensure that North Yorkshire Police has the resources and police officers it needs to keep people safe.”

She said the increase, alongside work to secure £10 million of efficiency savings, would enable North Yorkshire to maintain police officer numbers at a time when other forces are shrinking theirs.

People wanting to comment can visit northyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk and click the ‘precept’ button on the homepage, call 01423 569 562, e-mail info@northyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk or write to Freepost RTCL-AGAE-TRTS, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, 12 Granby Road, Harrogate, HG1 4ST.