Council tax to fund increased police precept
4:40pm Sunday 3rd February 2013 in News
Council tax payers across the Dyfed-Powys Police area will have to pay 3.9% more for the policing service they receive over the next year.
Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon has welcomed the decision by the police and crime panel to accept his proposal to increase the Dyfed- Powys Police budget by 3.9% to £98million for 2013/14.
His proposal to increase the precept, which is the part of the council tax that pays for policing, was delivered to a meeting of the panel in Aberaeron on Friday. The panel’s role is to support and challenge the work of the commissioner. The rise is smaller than in recent years.
It is equivalent to a 14.9p weekly increase or, a rise from £198 to £206 annually, for an average band D household.
The panel endorsed the rise and recommended that this would be the upper limit that was acceptable.
Mr Salmon, said: “I am acutely conscious of the pressure on family budgets in these tough times.
“In proposing the council tax precept, I have sought to balance the needs of our police service with the demands on families across Dyfed-Powys.
“I am proposing a rise of 3.9%, down from the rises of between 4.2% and 5% of recent years.
“This produces a challenging but achievable budget for Dyfed-Powys Police that will enable us to protect service to the public while minimising demands on taxpayers.
“My aim is to bring rises into line with inflation over the next four years.”
Full details are in his draft Police and Crime Plan, which is open for public consultation until February 6th.
The commissioner is urging people to share their views on the plan which is available via his website: www. dy f e d - p owys .pcc.
Electronic and hard copies are available on request by contacting his office by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
police.uk or ring 01267 226440.