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Nottinghamshire Police council tax demand to rise by almost maximum amount allowed

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.

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

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 this 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.

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).”

The final council tax is made up of demands from the county council, local district or borough council, town or parish councils, the police and fire service.

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

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