TAXPAYERS in Wyre Forest could be asked to pay an extra 2p per day to 'ensure a good service' from West Mercia Police force.

Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion is recommending a council tax rise of £7.58 to the annual bill in 2018/19 for Band D homes - equivalent to four per cent, which is above the rate of inflation.

Worcestershire County Council has already proposed a 4.94 per cent increase, while Wyre Forest District Council proposed a 1.94 per cent increase.

Mr Campion said: "The government has listened to our communities and the issues I have raised on their behalf.

"They have delivered a very fair settlement, with more money available to every police force nationwide.

"It ensures a stable financial base to build from in terms of central funding, as well as extra flexibility and accountability for PCCs around council tax, both of which are very welcome."

The tax increase is designed to compensate for increased demand on police and support the delivery of a 'modern, agile police force'.

Mr Campion added: "My budget plans protect our numbers of PCs. They ensure policing is visible and accessible to communities.

"They continue funding for projects that will tackle the root causes of crime and help reduce demand on our force.

"I am conscious that money is still tight for our communities.

"I am not recommending the maximum possible council tax rise because I do not believe it is necessary.

"West Mercia Police is still capable of significant efficiencies which need to be delivered.

"I will make sure the force has the resources it needs, but I will also continue my drive to ensure public money is used responsibly and efficiently.”

A consultation on the proposed increase will be held until January 19. To take part visit