Council bills set to rise after Gloucestershire Police and Crime Panel agree to two per cent increase in budget proposed by Gloucestershire PCC Martin Surl
A FURTHER rise in council tax bills is expected in April after Gloucestershire Police raised their share by two percent.
The increase will add an extra £3.99 to the annual bill for a Band D property, or eight pence a week.
The total cost of the county’s police and criminal justice services is £102,686,275 and includes around £900,000 to help protect frontline policing against expected future cuts.
It also includes around £2m to fund community safety initiatives and community groups and organisations will be invited to bid for a share.
The Gloucestershire Police and Crime Panel agreed to the Police and Crime Commissioner’s (PCC) budget proposals for 2013/14 on Wednesday, February 6.
"It is a relatively modest increase but one that will have a big impact on our ability to reduce crime and increase peace and good order in the county," said PCC Martin Surl.
"This is a responsible, forward-looking budget that will help us build better communities and to achieve that, I want local organisations to come forward with their ideas and I will help finance the best.
"This is not just about giving money to the police, it is for the good of the people of Gloucestershire."