Police precept is frozen

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The Police & Crime Panel which monitors and scrutinises the work of the Police Commissioner has voted to freeze the current police precept in the Northumbria Police area.

It means the police precept for a Band D property stays at £86.61.

Councillor Wayne Daley, a panel member, said: “I am delighted that we have decided to freeze the police precept at this time. With the massive increases being put through by some councils which is a real attack on their cost of living, this is welcome news.

“The police have made significant savings at the same time as protecting front line services during a time of reducing crime and increased confidence in Northumbria Police

“There are some really significant challenges ahead for the police but I am confident they are commited to delivering a first class service for communities”

The budget was presented to the panel on February 3 with plans for additional savings up to 2017 of £25 million. This is being achieved through a series of back office measures including £2.8 million on office costs and the use of £9.9 million in reserves (taking total reserves from £28 million to £15.4 million by 2017).

At the same time as savings of £25 million being sought, it was disclosed at the meeting that the service expects to raise £31 million from the sale of its property portfolio during the period.

However, these will only be sold when an alternative police base is found in each area and these were part of an ongoing reorganistion of the police force.

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