Mid Wales

Call for tax cut to pay for Dyfed-Powys Police

Christopher Salmon
Image caption Christopher Salmon said his proposals balance the needs of people with those of the force

People in Dyfed-Powys could pay less for their policing in 2015/16 if plans by the area's police and crime commissioner are approved.

Christopher Salmon wants a 5% drop in the police precept element of council tax. He said the force had reserves of £43m and crime was falling so the move would reflect running costs.

The proposal would see an average band D household pay about £10 less a year.

His proposal will go before the police and crime panel on Friday for approval.

Mr Salmon added: "I want to realign the level of precept with the real cost of running Dyfed-Powys Police; a fall in the precept will help that process."

In 2015/16, Westminster government funding to the force will fall from £53m to £50.3m.

If the precept drop is approved, it would generate £43m which would be combined with reserves of £2.3m to create the overall budget of £95.6m. The 2014/15 budget was £97.9m.

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