Kent PCC Ann Barnes secures rise in police council tax share

Ann Barnes
Image caption Ann Barnes said the increase will amount to 50p a week per household

Kent's Police Crime Commissioner has negotiated an increase in the police element of council tax in a bid to save frontline officer posts.

Ann Barnes said the £1.6m raised will protect 30 posts under threat.

She has also announced £600,000 to help reduce child sexual exploitation in Kent over the next three years.

The proposal was agreed at a meeting of the Kent and Medway Police and Crime Panel on Tuesday.

'Very good news'

The increase of 1.99% amounts to an average of 5p a week per household, Mrs Barnes said.

"Put bluntly, this £1.6 million means that we shall not have to lose a further 30 officer posts to balance the books," she said.

"This is very good news indeed and I am grateful for the panel's support."

The money to tackle child sexual exploitation has been found from "previous year's savings".

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