Sussex Police portion of council tax to rise by £12 a year

Sussex police and crime commissioner Katy Bourne has confirmed a rise in the police precept by £12 a year for an average Band D property.

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Sussex police and crime commissioner Katy Bourne.

She says councillors on the Sussex Police and Crime Panel, who met on Friday, have backed her decision to increase the precept which forms part of the total council tax paid by residents.

Mrs Bourne said the Government had, in December, agreed to provide the same level of funding to local forces as last year, as well as providing more for counter-terrorism and national policing priorities.

But, she added, Sussex Police were facing a £26.5 million funding gap, meaning around 480 posts would ultimately be lost by 2022.

She said that to help mitigate this “savings target” she had already authorised the release of £17m from reserves before the authority knew what the Government settlement was.

Mrs Bourne said: “The Government has since made it clear that an increasing proportion of policing costs will have to be met by local council taxpayers.

“This is part of an evolving model of fiscal devolution which local authorities are also experiencing. Police and Crime Commissioners had previously lobbied for the Government to lift the cap on the police precept, and this has now been allowed in the grant announcement which is why I am able to increase the precept in Sussex by £12.”

The police precept currently makes up 36% of funding for Sussex Police. This will rise to 38% in the coming financial year.

• The potential for a £12 rise in the Sussex Police precept was mentioned in an Uckfield News story which anticipates an overall £100+ rise in Uckfield Band D council tax bill.

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