Tax rise agreed to fund Wiltshire Police

Tax rise agreed to fund Wiltshire Police

Published by Jack Deery at 5:14pm 6th February 2020. (Updated at 5:16pm 6th February 2020)

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It's less than the proposed increase that Angus Macpherson suggested earlier this year though.

From April 2020, the average band D property in Wiltshire will pay £10 more per year in council tax for police services. 

That equals 84p a month which will take the current contribution of £206 to £216 per household. 

WHAT IT WILL PAY FOR

The money will go towards allowing the force to invest in "critical areas to tackle crime and drive the recruitment of new officers".

But it is slightly less than the £1 increase that the Police and Crime Commissioner suggested last month

PCC Angus Macpherson said: 

"I have been delighted with the response from the public to the online survey and also the interest shown when I have attended area boards and parish councils. 

"This year has seen the highest number of respondents to a precept consultation in recent years and over 70% of respondents were in favour of a rise of at least £1 per month, or £12 per year". 

But the consultation period started before the government announced the police funding for 2020/21, and when that was announced it offered the the flexibility to increase the policing precept by £10 per year.

Police officers in Salisbury - policeman - police woman - Wiltshire Police
The average band D property will pay £10 more a year in council tax that will go towards police

Mr Macpherson added: 

"The small increase of £10 per year, for an average household, in the policing precept will mean more money invested in enhancing community policing teams in our neighbourhood areas. This is in addition to the extra 49 police officers we will deliver as part of the governments Uplift Programme to recruit 20,00 new officers by March 2023. In summary, by March 2021 we will be 116 officers greater than that of March 2019."

The increase was unanimously agreed by the Police and Crime Panel at a meeting in Trowbridge. 

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