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Avon and Somerset PCC increases police precept

Sue Mountstevens
Image caption PCC Sue Mountstevens proposed increasing the police share of the council tax bill by nearly 2%

Avon and Somerset Police's share of the council tax bill is set to increase for the second year in a row.

Police and crime commissioner Sue Mountstevens had pushed for the police precept to rise by 1.99%, just under the 2% threshold that would trigger a referendum in the force area.

The police and crime panel backed the proposal which will equate to paying an extra £3.41 per year for taxpayers.

The commissioner's office said £40m cuts were needed over four years.

About £17m of the that will be made from sharing resources with neighbouring police forces.

The police force will now have an annual budget of nearly £273m, but with a smaller deficit of £13m.

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