Today the Police & Crime Panel voted in favour of a 1.98% increase in the Council Tax to support policing in Sussex.
Katy Bourne, the Police and Crime Commissioner wants additional funding to invest in frontline policing, responding to sexual violence, child exploitation and cybercrime.
During the last few months 2,061 Sussex residents completed an online survey and 73% of the people who responded said that they would support an increase.
In 2013/14, an average Band D household is paying £141.12 in Council Tax for policing. A 1.98% increase would mean an extra £2.79 next year. According to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, Sussex currently has the 4th lowest Band D Council Tax of all police force areas in England and Wales.
For the background please see: Are you prepared to pay more for policing?