Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 24°C

min temp: 16°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Essex: Essex Police’s share of council tax charges to increase by 3.5%

11:02 22 January 2014

Nick Alston

Nick Alston

Essex’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Nick Alston, has announced a rise of 3.5% for the force’s share of next year’s council tax charges.

The figure represents an increase of just under £5 a year for a Band D property and is in response to cuts in funding from central government of £4.8million.

Mr Alston said he has “thought long and hard” about the decision, which will generate enough funds to pay for an additional 57 police officers around the county.

He said; “I believe that the majority of people in Essex will be prepared to pay a little more in council tax, around 10 pence a week, to help ensure that we have a strong police force. But, of course, I recognise that for some finding even this modest amount will be difficult.

“I realise that families and ordinary people are struggling to make ends meet, and facing their own particular financial challenges. However, I firmly believe that increasing the portion of council tax to fund policing by just under £5 a year will reduce the risks to the effective delivery of policing services in Essex.”

The proposal will be discussed by the Police and Crime Panel at their meeting of Wednesday January 29 at County Hall in Chelmsford.

0 comments

Police stock image

An independently chaired misconduct panel has dismissed a police constable for gross misconduct.

Overhead view of the proposed Hill Gallop

A major investment in Newmarket horseracing has been unveiled as a five-year project gets closer to the finishing post.

Honey Rose arriving at Ipswich Crown Court during her trial

An eye expert who missed serious abnormalities in the eyes of an “active and football loving” Ipswich schoolboy who later died has walked free from court after being given a suspended prison sentence.

Leonie Troke (centre, green top) leaving Colchester Magistrates' Court with family and solicitors

A driver who caused a crash which killed one woman and left her own five-year-old daughter paralysed from the waist down has been sentenced today.

Tracy Forshaw serving at Clacton Beer Festival 2016 on Thursday afternoon

Ale lovers are raising a glass to the Clacton Airshow at this year’s summer beer festival in the town.

Neil Farrow, organiser of the Ipswich Gin Festival

Ipswich is set to get its own gin festival next year, with dozens of food and drink companies set to get on board.

Former Felixstowe councillor Dot Paddick

Tributes have been paid to a former community leader, described by her colleagues as colourful and charismatic, who has died at the age of 79.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24