Wiltshire

Wiltshire Police Authority freezes council tax share

Members of the Wiltshire Police Authority have agreed to freeze the share of council tax for policing the coming financial year.

By freezing council tax, the force will get a one-off grant from the government.

The force is trying to make £15m of savings by 2014-15.

Authority chairman Christopher Hoare said it "felt right" to freeze the tax precept due to "continuing difficult economic conditions".

He said it was "a fine balance" between not adding to people's bills while trying to maintain and improve policing.

The authority agreed the budget for 2012-13 at a meeting on Thursday

It is the last budget the authority will set as Wiltshire residents are to elect their first police and crime commissioner in November.

The elections, part of the biggest shake-up of policing in England and Wales for almost 50 years, will herald the end of police authorities which were established in 1964 to hold chief constables to account.

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