Dorset Police asks for maximum council tax increase

Dorset Police asks for maximum council tax increase

Published by Maria Greenwood at 10:37am 4th February 2020.

Dorset Police is asking for a maximum 1.99 per cent increase in its share of the council tax.

For Band D properties it will mean an extra £10 a year bringing the annual charge to just under £241.

For those in the highest rated properties it will results in an extra £20 a year, bringing bills to just over £481, while for the lowest rated properties the rise will be £6.67, giving an annual bill of £160.39.

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Dorset Council’s share of the tax, one of the highest in the country at almost £2,000 a year for average properties, will have to be added to this to give the actual annual charge for each property, together with fire and rescue and town and parish precepts, where these apply. 

The police proposals are being discussed by the county-wide police and crime panel in Dorchester today. (4th February)

It does have the power to veto the proposed budget, but can only do so with a two-thirds vote.

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'Survey' 

The meeting will be told that prior to the Government settlement being known around 75 per cent of 5,150 Dorset residents who responded to a survey said they would support a rise of £15 a year to help the force achieve a balanced budget and recruit 50 additional officers.

If agreed the budget will give the force a budget of £70.1million from council tax payments, with another £71.2m from government grants – an overall increase in core funding of almost £7million above the current financial year.

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'Pressure' 

But despite the extra money the police and crime panel is being told that the police will still have to make efficiency savings of £7million by the 2023/24 financial year.

Some of the assumptions in the budget include a pay award of 2.5%, a grant increase to the force of 2per cent and a rise in income of 1% because of more properties in the county.

Pressures on the Dorset Police budget include a pension increase which was not fully funded by the government and an overtime bill which has increased during the year, also not fully funded or expected at the start of the year.

By Trevor Bevins, Local Democracy Reporter