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Surrey Police commissioner preparing for budget cuts
Surrey’s police and crime commissioner is asking people for their views on budget proposals for the approaching financial year.
Kevin Hurley wants council tax payers across the county to comment on his proposals for Surrey Police’s budget in 2014/15, which has a gross revenue budget set of £207.1m, a reduction of £0.1m.
The remaining £2.2m will come from the segment of council tax police get, with a 2 per cent increase, meaning people who live in a band D property will pay an extra £4.07 a year or 34p a month.
Two weeks ago, police learned that Government funding would be cut by about £700,000, the equivalent of 20 police constables, and Mr Hurley is exploring options to compensate for the shortfall.
The police and crime commissioner said the country was in difficult times and his goal was to set a budget for Surrey Police which managed the issues residents face while allowing police to provide the level of service expected.
Mr Hurley said: “I am working hard to try and secure more Government money for Surrey and we will be participating in a review of this in the next few months.
“We receive one of the lowest levels of Government funding in the country which means you as ratepayers have to pay more in council tax. I don’t believe this is fair.
“I will continue to make our case for a better deal as strongly as I possibly can.”
To give your views on the budget proposals, visit surrey-pcc.gov.uk/budget2014, email SurreyPCC@surrey.police.uk or write to Surrey PCC, PO Box 412, Guildford, Surrey GU3 1BR.
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