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Tax hike for police in Durham is considered.

DURHAM'S police commissioner is asking voters to have their say on a potential tax rise.

Ron Hogg is consulting on whether or not to increase Durham Police' share of the local council tax.

Mr Hogg proposes, at this stage, to increase the amount that people pay for policing in County Durham and Darlington by 2% for 2014/15, in order to balance the need for providing an effective policing service, while minimising as far as possible the cost to taxpayers.

This will partly offset the 4.8% reduction in Government grant funding for 2014/15.

He said: "Council tax increases are likely to be capped at 2% for 2014/15, which for Durham and Darlington represents an additional PS0.5m. This means you would pay an extra PS3.13 each year. I strongly encourage everyone to have their say on this proposal and complete my short survey.

"Last year, residents supported an increase for the 2013/14 council tax precept, which contributed towards keeping pace with inflation and offset, to a degree, the reduction in Government grant, which is reducing by about 4.8% in 2014/15, which means PS4.2m less to spend than in the current year."
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 10, 2014
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