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Dorset PCC defends council tax increase


Published at 7:20am 12th February 2019. (Updated at 12:18pm 12th February 2019)

Dorset's Police and Crime Commissioner has defended his position on raising the share of council tax that goes towards policing in the county.

  • Martyn Underhill defends putting up the police's share of the council tax.
  • Household will be £24 more a year.
  • Just under 70% people asked in a public consultation supported paying more for policing.

Households will be pay £24 pounds more a year for policing in Dorset from April.

Just under 70% of people who responded to a consultation said they would be happy with that.

In an interview with Wessex FM Martyn Underhill has admitted that asking tax payers for extra cash is unsustainable; "What that means is if it carries on for three or four years, and its now in its third year, you are actually creating a better police service in rich areas and a poor police service in poorer areas. For example in Northumbria 20% of their budget comes from precept, in Dorset its 50%."

Mr Underhill thinks more funding should come from the government and realises not everyone will be happy with paying more council tax for policing in Dorset. He said: "It isn't popular. It also means that I carry the risk not the government. The taxpayers of Dorset are angry at me when I'm doing something the government have told me to do. However, one thing that nobody disagrees with is that policing in Dorset needs more investment."

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