Wiltshire PCC proposal to cap police part of council tax

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By nhavergal | Thursday, January 03, 2013, 13:45

Wiltshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Angus Macpherson, has proposed to cap the police part of council tax for the 2013/14 financial year. 

The PCC officer was informed at the end of December 2012 central government's grant to Wiltshire Police for the 2013/14 financial year will be £65.2 million, £2 million less than what was received for the current financial year. 

Wiltshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Angus Macpherson said: "I am more than aware of the current economic climate and challenges this can give people living in Wiltshire and Swindon, so as promised during my election campaign, I am proposing not to increase the policing part of the council tax for the next financial year."

Mr Macpherson will be liaising with chamber of commerce groups and the voluntary community sector about his proposal. 

The Police and Crime Panel will also discuss the proposal in a meeting on Wednesday, 6, February 2013 before Mr Macpherson makes his final decision. 

If the proposal goes ahead, householders with a band D property in Wiltshire and Swindon will pay £157.77 for policing services next year which is the same amount as last year's. 

"Wiltshire Police has a deserved reputation for giving residents a service which is good value for money. I am keen to continue to keep the cost of policing down while maintaining an effective frontline service," Angus Macpherson added. 

Council tax bills are distributed to households in March for the start of the next financial year. 

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