Notts Police planning to put council tax up by almost maximum amount from April

 Notts Police planning to put council tax up by almost maximum amount from April

PICTURED: Sherwood Lodge

The amount of council tax people in Nottinghamshire pay towards policing is set to increase by just short of the maximum amount – £14.94 per year for a Band D property.

Police forces are allowed to increase their council tax by £15 for Band D properties for the financial year starting in April. 

Nottingham City Council has already said it plans to increase by the maximum amount possible – 4.99 percent, three percent of which is ring fenced for adult social care. 

Nottinghamshire County Council is yet to set its budget for the upcoming year.

The policing decision, expected to be confirmed next week, will mean a Band D property pays £244.46 per year for policing. 

Paddy Tipping
PICTURED: Tax rise: “supports … the police and crime commissioner Paddy Tipping’s, above, commitment to an increase in police officer numbers in our neighbourhood

It means people in a Band A property pay an additional £9.86 per year, while people in Band H will pay an extra £29.88.

While it is the responsibility of the police and crime commissioner to set the precept, the Government says it has assumed police forces will increase by the maximum amount.
In documents due to be discussed at the police and crime panel meeting next week, the force says it plans to increase its contribution by the amount outlined above.
Without the increase, Nottinghamshire Police would have less funding than the Government expects them to have.

In the city, your final council tax bill is made up of three parts which go to the city council, fire service and police.

In the county, the four parts go to the county council, your local district or borough council, the police and the fire service.

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A report to the police and crime panel, due to be discussed on Thursday, February 4, says the council tax rise: “supports … the commissioner’s commitment to an increase in police officer numbers in our neighbourhoods.

“There continues to be a focus on reducing hate crime, knife crime and the additional funding for the violence reduction unit (to provide multi-agency focus on violence reduction activity).”

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