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An extra penny a day for policing


Sue Mountstevens

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens' proposals to rise the policing part of the council tax by less than 1p a day has been approved by the area’s police and crime panel.

The proposed increase of 1.99% in the policing part of the council tax is equivalent to an extra £3.55 a year for the average Band D property. This means from April 2017 the average band D household will pay £181.81 for policing.

Today’s decision follows consultation with 3,000 people who the majority said would support an increase in the policing part of the council tax.

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “I am always conscious of the fact that many residents are struggling with household bills and I never take a decision to raise the policing part of the council tax lightly.

“Our grant from the government has decreased this year by over £2million and our costs continue to rise such as pay, inflation and fuel. This is against a backdrop of increasing pressure on policing in serious and complex crimes such as child sexual exploitation, cyber-crime and fraud.

“Over the next year we still have considerable savings to find of £9 million. The Constabulary are responding to this challenge and are currently designing a new framework which protects neighbourhood policing, supports resident’s concerns on road safety and aligns with my new Police and Crime Plan priorities. Today’s decision helps that on-going work.

“I still plan to spend over £275million a year on policing Avon and Somerset.  Our spending will focus on protecting our victims and our communities while also meeting our budget challenges.”

Police and Crime Panel Chair Cllr Nigel Ashton said: “The Panel has received several briefings to scrutinise development of the budget and inform the decision taken today.  The Panel voted in favour of the proposal to increase the precept by 1.99%, with 13 votes in favour and none against.  The decision demonstrates the Panel’s support and recognition at the position that the Constabulary is in.”

The Police and Crime Panel (PCP), is independent of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and oversees the work of the area's Police and Crime Commissioner.

Posted on Wednesday 8th February 2017
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