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Avon and Somerset Police share of council tax frozen

Avon and Somerset Police Authority members have voted to freeze the policing share of council tax in the next year.

The force will get a one-off grant from government by doing so but must still make a further £12m worth of cuts in the next 12 months.

Last year the constabulary announced it would have to cut £40m over four years.

It plans to cut 200 members of civilian staff and shed 40 police officers and has imposed a recruitment freeze.

The meeting took place in Portishead on Wednesday.

Councillor Alan Lawrence said accepting the government grant would mean there would be a bigger budget deficit next year, when it was no longer available.

But other authority members said families being forced to choose between eating and heating should not be asked to pay another £5 a year for the police.

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