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How the council tax is set

The Police and Crime Commissioner determines the amount you pay for policing through your council tax, following consultation with communities.

Once the consultation results are analysed the Commissioner will develop his precept proposal taking into consideration:

  • the view of the public
  • the allocation of national funding
  • the level the Government has set as a cap for any increase in council tax
  • the operational requirement and advice from the Chief Constable.

The Police and Crime Panel must then be briefed on the precept proposals. The Panel has the power to veto the amount of any proposed increase in the council tax if they consider it too high or low – this is the only circumstances under which a veto can be used, but they can comment on other aspects of the proposal.

The Police and Crime Commissioner will then consider the outcome of the Police and Crime Panel’s discussion before setting the council tax.


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