Commissioner keeping her word over council tax rate

SUSSEX police and crime commissioner Katy Bourne has frozen the policing element of council tax for the coming year.

The decision to freeze meets one of her election promises, made when the role was created at the end of last year.

This means taxpayers throughout Sussex will pay £138.42 based on a Band D property – the same as in the previous two years.

“I am delighted to be able to able to deliver this freeze on the council tax for policing in Sussex, a promise I was elected on,” said Miss Bourne.

“Before the election, I spent time modelling budgets and studying the finances that I would inherit.

“Despite the financial circumstances that policing, and the public sector in general, are facing, Sussex Police has prepared well for the shortfall in funding and it is on this basis that I have been able to see this promise through whilst still being able to deliver an effective and efficient police force.”

District, parish and the county councils are still to announce their final council tax figures for the upcoming financial year.

Most, however, are expected to keep taxes static, particularly given a government incentive scheme.