Policing in Devon and Cornwall to cost more

DEVON and Cornwall Police Authority has today (Friday) voted for a rise of 4.95% in the police element of the council tax – the equivalent to 14p per household per week or around �7 per year. Mike Bull, Chair of the Police Authority said: In the current

DEVON and Cornwall Police Authority has today (Friday) voted for a rise of 4.95% in the police element of the council tax - the equivalent to 14p per household per week or around �7 per year.

Mike Bull, Chair of the Police Authority said: "In the current economic climate, today's decision was a difficult one for Police Authority members. We take the responsibility we have for using public money very seriously, however, it is clear that we cannot continue to maintain our current levels of service without an increase in the council tax precept.

"The past three years have seen the constabulary make significant cash savings of nearly �15million. In particular, we have made considerable changes in the way police staff are used to increase our productivity. Two hundred and fifty posts have been removed and new posts added to better support our police officers - a net reduction of 60 posts up to the end of March 2010.

"There is no doubt that the fact that the Government grant has only risen by 2.5% has left us in a position where we have little choice but to increase the police council tax. As it stands, the current grant shortfall means that we would be unable to meet the nationally set pay awards and increments without the additional precept rise. It is also vital that we ensure that we are in a position to address expected reductions in government grant from 2011/12 onwards, so that any future reduction in police numbers is kept to a minimum.


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