POLICE and crime commissioner for Northamptonshire Adam Simmonds has announced a 7p a week increase in the amount of council tax households have to pay for the police force.
Mr Simmonds said he was planning a council tax rise of 1.99 per cent from April 1 which he said would put Northamptonshire Police in a stronger position to meet future savings needs and fund a number of improvements.
He said: “We are faced with a Government requirement to reduce police spending here by some £20m over the next four years.
“And government rules effectively put a cap of two per cent on rises in the amount of council tax to pay for policing.
“So from April I am planning a rise which will put Northamptonshire Police in a stronger position to meet future savings needs as well as bringing several improvements.”