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Tax rise to fund Nottinghamshire Police is unavoidable, councillors on police and crime panel told by Police and Crime Commissioner





Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has defended a proposed rise in council tax to support Nottinghamshire Police.

Households in the city and county are likely to be asked to pay at least £8.64 extra next year — a rise of 4.8%

Commissioner Caroline Henry said the public is willing to pay more to keep the force properly funded.

Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry has defended a proposed council tax rise to fund Nottinghamshire Police services.
Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry has defended a proposed council tax rise to fund Nottinghamshire Police services.

Nottinghamshire Police faces challenges from rising staff costs, inflation and an expected £3million bill from the Nottinghamshire University Hospitals Trust maternity investigation.

Homes which pay the lowest council tax, band A, will be asked to pay another £8.64, for a total of £188 over the course of the year.

The band B bill will rise by £10.08 to £219.45 for the year, and band C will rise £11.52 to £250.80.

For band D homes, the planned rise is £12.96, taking their total bill for policing up to £282.

The force says officer numbers will be maintained at over 2,400, and 187 officers will be redeployed to visible neighbourhood roles.

Addressing the Nottinghamshire police and crime panel on Monday, February 5, Mrs Henry said: “It would have been popular to freeze council tax or recommend a lower amount, and use our reserves, but it wouldn’t have been the responsible thing.

“We can’t use that money now knowing some very difficult times could be coming for police funding.”

She added redeploying officers into neighbourhoods would be a priority with the extra funding.

“When I’m out and about, the public say visible police on the streets is their key priority,” she said.

“Many people are struggling with the cost of living. However during our consultation, a majority were in favour of a modest council tax increase.

“It is difficult to get the balance right, but this can safeguard the high numbers of police which people want in their neighbourhood.

“It will also enable more officers to be redeployed to high-visibility neighbourhood police.”

Police commissioners were previously limited to the equivalent of a £10 tax rise for band D per year, although this cap was increased last year up to £13.

The higher rise will be worth an extra £700,000 to the force over the next year.

The force will use £3.3m of its reserves to balance its 2024 to 2025 budget.

Paul Taylor challenged the rise, and said: “Some people can’t afford to pay this extra. A few extra pounds can be the difference between hanging on and not.

“If this isn’t the time to use your reserves, when is?”

The panel gave approval for the rise for the new financial year in April. A final decision on the rise is expected in the coming weeks.



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