Hertfordshire police U-turn over council tax rise
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The Hertfordshire police precept for council tax is set to be frozen following a U-turn on a planned increase of 3.4%.
Two weeks ago the Comet reported how a rise in the police precept for council tax for both Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire had been proposed.
David Lloyd, police and crime commissioner for Hertfordshire, said the force needs to save about £30 million by 2018.
He had proposed to increase the police precept for the tax year beginning in April by 3.4% – an extra 10p a week for a Band D property.
He said the same increase could be applied to 2015/16 as well.
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But last week Mr Lloyd said: “Now, due to careful financial planning and a better than expected overall settlement from central government, I am pleased to confirm my intention to freeze policing taxes for the fourth year running.
“In doing so, I am confident the future of Hertfordshire’s local policing model can be safeguarded.
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“I will continue to relentlessly search for the savings which need to be made to protect the frontline and I may need to look again at the precept next year.”
Bedfordshire police and crime commissioner Olly Martins has suggested a “modest” council tax precept increase, with a need for the force to find at least £8.5m of savings over the next two years.
Budget decisions will have been taken by both forces by the end of January.
• A £1.95 million grant from the Government will boost collaboration plans between Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire police forces.
The successful bid to the Home Office’s Innovation Fund was announced last week and will support the forces’ plans to bring together their operational and organisational support services, saving a predicted £23 million over four years.
Hertfordshire police and crime commissioner David Lloyd said: “The grant will help find technological solutions that will help police work more efficiently. In turn this will help protect local policing while help find the savings we need to make.”
Bedfordshire police and crime commissioner Olly Martins added: “It will put in place the infrastructure necessary for our officers and staff to do their job on the move, thereby putting them where and when they are most needed.”