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Today the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Panel agreed to Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens' proposals for a rise in the policing part of the council tax and expenditure for 2014/15.
The proposed increase of 1.99% in the policing part of the council tax is equivalent to an extra £3.34 for the year for a Band D property. This means from April 2014 the average band D household will pay £171.37 for policing.
The Police Crime Panel noted that the proposals took account of reduced central government grants.
Panel Chairman, Cllr Nigel Ashton, said "We realise there is a challenge to keeping public expenditure as low as possible while recognising the need to maintain a balance to ensure there is no long term impact on the ability of police to safeguard our communities. The Panel thinks that the proposals are reasonable in the current circumstances and we will continue to monitor and hold the Police and Crime Commissioner to account for performance against the budget in 2014/15."
Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “I am delighted that the Panel agreed with my proposal to increase the policing part of the council tax. This means the average household will pay an additional £3.34 per year or 6p per week.
“I am very aware that many households are struggling with household bills and this is not a decision I took lightly. I was out all summer speaking to people about the policing part of the council tax and 75% of the 3,000 people we consulted with told us that they would support an increase.
“We still have to find considerable savings of £12 million over the coming year and today’s decision helps us bridge that gap while continuing to look for savings in all areas of the organisation.”
The Police and Crime Panel (PCP), is independent of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and oversees the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner.
Posted on Wednesday 5th February 2014