Taxpayers Punished Over Jimmy Savile Investigation

Thomas James

A rise in council tax in  Norfolk has been blamed at least in part, on the police probe into sexual abuse allegations made against Jimmy Savile.

Taxpayers in a Band D household will be forced to pay an extra £200 a year towards policing as a result.

Stephen Bett,  who was elected as Norfolk’s first police and crime commissioner in November,  said: “I plan to give the chief constable discretion to retain up to 10 more essential frontline personnel to meet the challenges in the vulnerable people’s directorate where we face unprecedented pressure.”

He claims the reason that extra funding  is needed is due to the repercussions from the Jimmy Savile allegations, which put pressure on the force’s vulnerable people’s unit, as more people reported abuse.

Not all are in favor of the increase.

Councillor Brian Long, representing West Norfolk Council, proposed a veto on the increase.

He said: “It sits very hard with me that we would continue to take more and more from the public purse. I propose we veto it on the basis that the increase is too high.”

The vote to veto was lost.