Cambridgeshire set to increase council tax

Cash-strapped Cambridgeshire Police look set to increase their share of the council tax.

Police and crime commissioner Sir Graham Bright has proposed a 0.99 per cent increase in a bid to generate an additional £460,000. This would ensure a £130.5m budget for policing over the next financial year.

The proposal was supported by the Police and Crime Panel meeting on Wednesday last week. A report will be made by the panel to the commissioner which will then enable him to make a formal decision.

Sir Graham has welcomed the decision.

He said: “As a result of careful financial management and the Government’s decision to protect policing budgets we have been able to restrict the increase to 0.99 per cent. Despite this, there are still significant savings still to be found and, as with any business, we face annual inflationary pressures particularly from salaries and, in 2016/17, changes to national insurance contributions.

“Looking further ahead we need to find savings of £6.6 million between 2017/18 and 2019/20. However, we have plans in place to achieve this and I would like to thank everyone in my team and in Cambridgeshire Constabulary.”