A SENIOR Kirklees Conservative today slammed police authority tax rises under the Labour government.
Clr Robert Light, who leads the Tory group on Kirklees, said the police share of council tax bills in West Yorkshire had soared by 92% since Labour came to power in 1997.
This year, the police precept is £102 on Band D bills, as against £53 in 1997.
Clr Light, who will be his party's candidate in Batley and Spen at the next General Election, said: "We already knew Labour's fiddled funding has forced councils to whack up council tax bills to prevent cuts in frontline services.
"Now, we can see the police are not immune either. The police levy on council tax bills has gone up by five times the rate of inflation since 1997.
"Extra cost pressures, new burdens and red tape have forced up policing costs, but with local taxpayers being made to foot the bill," said Clr Light.
A fairer cash deal for West Yorkshire was only one part of the solution, he added.
"Rightly or wrongly, people are also concerned that police do not always share the same priorities as them.
"More and more low-level crime and disorder is unreported and wrongly tolerated.
"Greater accountability - through the form of elected police authorities - would help make sure that money raised locally is spent on tackling the crime concerns of people in Kirklees," said Clr Light.