Chief constable loses fight for more council tax

Alex Marshall
Alex Marshall
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COUNCIL tax for policing in Hampshire will be frozen for a second year running - despite calls from the chief constable for a rise.

Hampshire Police Authority - which holds the force’s purse strings - today reluctantly voted by 11 votes to six against a recommendation by Chief Constable Alex Marshall to hike the council tax precept by 3.25 per cent.

Instead a one-off £3.043m government grant will be used to freeze council tax.

It means the average person living in a band D property in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight will continue to pay 146.25 for policing from April.

The decision - taken after a lengthy debate and a staggering five votes on the issue - comes as the force battles to save up to 53m by 2015.