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Essex County Council tax frozen but police precept to increase under plans

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
11.45 AM

Essex County Council plans to freeze its share of council tax in the new financial year while making £55m cuts - but Brentwood residents are likely to see their bills go up as the police will be increasing their share of the rate.

Police and crime commissioner Nick Alston said: “There must be a risk that continued cuts in the number of police officers will make Essex more vulnerable to crime.

“Therefore, I have decided to ask for a 3.5pc increase in the portion of council tax used to fund policing and community safety in Essex, which amounts to an extra £4.77 per year for a Band D council tax payer.”

Meanwhile Essex County Council says as well as the freeze, it will also be investing in schemes such as £18m for school places, £65m on roads and £7.7m to improve broadband connectivity.

Brentwood Borough Council will be debating its tax plans for the new financial year on February 12.