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Chief of Police suggests freezing share of council tax

Andy Morris 10th Jan, 2017

THE CHIEF of Warwickshire Police has proposed freezing the police’s share of council tax.

Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe wants the portion of Council Tax bills spent on policing to remain unchanged for the coming year.

Mr Seccombe said he would fund any budget shortfall by using reserves from previous savings and underspends – but warned the force would need to make future savings once the funds were spent.

He said: “These are very difficult economic times for many people and there are also increasingly large pressures on the budgets of local authorities and other public-sector bodies.

“However, I do not think it would be fair to ask the taxpayers of Warwickshire to fund this locally while the force has financial reserves at its disposal.”

The police budget accounts for around a tenth of the overall council tax bill.

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