Surrey

Surrey Police Authority agrees to increase council tax precept

Surrey Police Authority has voted to increase the force's share of the council tax by 2.5%.

The rise equates to about five pounds a year for the average Band D property, it said.

Members voted to reject a £3m government grant, which is dependent on freezing the tax.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has told authorities they have a "moral duty" to sign up to the government's council tax freeze.

The authority said that accepting the government subsidy would mean far higher rises in future years.

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