Cambridgeshire Police Commissioner recommends council tax freeze

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Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Graham Bright, is recommending a freeze to the policing element of the council tax.

The force has received £73.32 million from the Government - which is a £4 million reduction.

Sir Graham has stated he would ensure value for money policing with no extra burden on the council taxpayer.

Because of projects currently in place to deliver future efficiencies, the commissioner is able to propose a freeze in council tax for 2015/16 and will apply for the expected council tax freeze grant from government.

Sir Graham said: “We recognise the hardships that many of our citizens are facing in these austere times and do not want to add to their burdens.

“My team has worked closely with the Constabulary to ensure an effective and efficient force, driving down costs during the year and developing plans to meet future saving requirements.

“The adoption of new technology and working in collaboration with other forces will continue to deliver further efficiencies moving forward.

“We are therefore able to balance the books without the need to increase the precept this year. I would like to thank all those who have worked so hard to make this possible.”

The recommendation will go to the Police and Crime Panel for approval at their next meeting on January 28.