Police increase tax to help make savings
PUBLISHED: 12:00 18 February 2015
AVON and Somerset Constabulary is set to increase the amount it asks householders to pay in council tax in a bid to help it save millions of pounds.
Police and Crime Commissioner for the area, Sue Mountstevens, has presented her budget plans for 2015/16, which include increasing the policing part of the council tax, and they have been accepted by the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Panel.
The budget will see £268million spent on policing across the force area in the next financial year.
The policing precept will increase by 1.99 per cent - an additional £3.41 on the annual tax bill for the average band D household.
The decision to increase the precept was made after a consultation which showed residents on average supported an increase in its precept of up to 2.4 per cent.
Also next year, the force has to save more than £13million.
Ms Mountstevens said: “For next year we have had to find significant savings and asking residents to pay a little more will help us reduce the impact of that and protect frontline services.
“We know from asking people that residents are willing to pay a small amount more for policing and this increase works out at around 6.5p each week on an average bill. It’s a small amount but will make a big difference in helping keep people safe and feeling safe.
“By 2018/19 an additional £40m in savings will need to be found and we’ll have to look for more creative ways to do what we do now but with fewer resources.”
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