Police set tax rise

SUFFOLK police authority has today set its budget for policing the county in the year ahead.Set at £101.85million the budget will result in a council tax rise of 4.95 per cent.

SUFFOLK police authority has today set its budget for policing the county in the year ahead.

Set at £101.85million the budget will result in a council tax rise of 4.95 per cent.

The increase means a Band B property will be charged £5.04 more to pay for police services this year and a Band D property will increase by £6.48.

Police authority chair Gulshan Kayembe said: “One of our key roles each year is to agree a budget which allows the constabulary to maintain an efficient and effective police service for local people.

“This year's budget process has been a significant challenge for the authority.

“During the course of our debates we have been mindful that our decisions this year will have an impact on budgets in the years ahead.

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“And we have had to agree the budget against a backdrop of financial constraints including a challenging government settlement, extra costs incurred through major investigations, the threat of council tax capping and efficiency savings.”