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Commissioner to invite questions about the impact of policing budget cuts

Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles will be on hand to answer questions from the public about the effects of the latest budget cuts on policing when he takes part in three separate forums in Derbyshire towns in February.

The meetings, which are being staged by Derbyshire Dales District Council, will include an overview of the council’s spending plans for 2015-16 and what its share of local council tax is likely to be from April.

The Commissioner will be attending Area Community Forums at Ashbourne Leisure Centre on Monday, 2 February; at Matlock Town Hall on Monday, 9 February; and at Bakewell Agricultural Business Centre on Monday 16 February.  All the meetings will start at 7pm.

Happy to discuss any element of policing that comes under his responsibility Commissioner Charles will talk about the 1.99% rise in the precept – the part of the council tax paid towards policing – and how this will go towards filling the gap created by the latest Government cuts for 2015-16.

In Derbyshire, the precept rise amounts to an extra £3.39 per year for a Band D property. The £1m this generates will help the Force to balance its budget in the face of a £5.4m drop in Government funding.

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Posted on Monday 2nd February 2015
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