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Council tax could increase to fund more frontline police in Derbyshire

Derbyshire's Police and Crime Commissioner is proposing a council tax rise in an effort to offset government cuts

This year policing in Derbyshire will cost £169.17m and this is paid for by a combination of Government grant and local taxpayers’ contributions through their council tax payments. 

The Government’s contribution towards paying for policing in Derbyshire has been reduced, when inflation is taken into account, by the equivalent of £40m since 2010, and so the local council taxpayer has been asked to pay a bigger share of the total cost.

It has meant that there are now approximately 400 fewer police officers, along with 400 fewer civilian staff to support them.

Each year the Government limits the amount by which the Commissioner can raise council tax (known as the cap). For the last few years the cap was set at 2%, but this year, the Government raised the cap to a maximum of £12 on a band D property.

Along with freezing the grant, the Government has said that once again it will increase the cap so that council taxpayers can pay more towards the cost of policing. For a Band D property this would be another increase of £12.

Derbyshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Hardyal Dhindsa said: "This funding will allow me to raise money to build on the 25 extra police officers we were able to add to our establishment last year and to build on strengthening our presence in our neighbourhood policing and visible policing areas of activity.

"We have had a reduction in the last eight years of nearly 800 personnel. That has a massive impact on how we can deliver services."

A consultation with residents has now been launched by the commissioner in order to gather people's thoughts on the proposed increase.

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