Three per cent rise in Hampshire police’s part of the council tax set to be approved

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PLANS to hike the policing element of council tax contributions in Hampshire is due to be discussed by at a meeting today.

Simon Hayes, police and crime commissioner, has proposed a three per cent rise in the policing precept as the force battles to save an extra £25m by April 2017.

This would mean the average householder living in a band D property would pay an extra £4.54 a year - nine pence a week - for policing.

This would bring the total contribution for policing for band D householders to £155.79 from April.

The police and crime panel, which holds Mr Hayes to account, is due to decide whether to approve the proposal at a meeting in Winchester.

Cuts mean the force is set to receive £41m less in the next financial year compared to four years ago.

The force will already have saved £54m by April.

But last year Chief Constable Andy Marsh revealed plans for a radical overhaul of the force operates in a bid to save more cash.

Mr Marsh has said this could lead to further job losses.

Among other issues up for discussion are the budget for the next financial year and the recent sale of Alpha Park near Eastleigh, which has stood empty for five years after being bought for £9.6m in 2008.