Council tax rise approved in bid to help cash-strapped South Yorkshire Police
A 3.3 per cent increase to South Yorkshire Police’s share of council tax was approved today as the force attempts to plug a £10.5 million funding black hole.
The extra money raised from tax-payers, equivalent to £5 a year for owners of a Band D property, will raise £1.6 million in revenue and was given the green light by members of the police and crime panel.
Despite this, recent projections show that some 55 police officers and 214 support staff roles will be cut from the force by April 2017.
Police and crime commissioner Dr Alan Billings said the police panel “recognised that we have little choice if policing, especially neighbourhood policing is to be maintained effectively”.