Police asking for tax rise to protect services


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Devon and Cornwall Police is seeking a 1.99 per cent council tax increase this year

It is proposed to increase the police portion of council tax by 1.99 per cent to protect policing services.

On Friday of next week, Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg will ask the Police and Crime Panel to agree the increase.

It would mean a rise of £3.37 a year for a Band D property – 6.5 pence a week - and provide an extra £1.8million which Mr Hogg says will protect and enhance police services.

“In November the Government made the welcome decision to lessen the level of cuts the police face in coming years but that still left a reduction in grant income of 0.6 per cent,” he said.

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“In cash terms this is a cut of around £1m next year but, with additional increased costs, the shortfall after tax base-changes is closer to £1.8m - the revenue from an increased council tax will cancel that out.

“Just last week we saw that recorded crime continues to fall and I applaud all those officers and staff who have made this happen in the face of unprecedented cuts.

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“But crime accounts for only 20 per cent of police work and the demand on services continues to grow.

“Efficiency and value for money remain at the heart of my financial plan and significant savings still need to be made. Since 2009 we have delivered over £58m savings and an additional £13m is still to be found over the next four years.”

He said an alliance with Dorset Police and closer working with other organisations and blue light services would help to meet this target.

But he said work continued to find more savings.

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