Cumbria Constabulary has proposed raising the amount of council tax the public pays for policing, as well as cutting the number of frontline officers, to meet budget cuts.
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Hannah McNulty reports on the budget proposals discussed today by the Police and Crime panel.
Martin Plummer, the Chairman of Cumbria Police Federation, has voiced concerns about the proposed plans to cut 155 officers.
He argues that the cuts could increase the harm that each officer faces on a daily basis.
The county's police and crime panel - made up of local councillors - met today to discuss the proposed budget for 2015/2016.
The Commissioner will agree the final budget at the meeting of Executive Board on 3 February but at the moment, the plans are as follows:
- council tax up by 1.9%
- £3.96 increase for Band D Property
- 155 frontline officers to be cut by 2019
- 32 officers to be dropped over the next year due to increased technology efficiency
- 79 staff members to be cut over the next year due to 'digitalisation of back office'
- the number of PCSOs to stay at 95 for the next 12 months.
The amount people in Cumbria pay for policing is set to increase.
The Police and Crime panel voted in favour of raising the policing part of the council tax by 1.90%.
That would mean an increase of £3.96 for a Band D property.
Cumbria Police is facing nearly £11 million of cuts from central Government and last week announced plans to axe more than 150 police officers.
Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes consulted with the public before proposing the council tax increase, which would mean someone living in a band D property paying an extra £3.96 per year.
The Commissioner will agree the final budget at an Executive board meeting in February.
Proposals to cut more than a hundred and fifty police officers in Cumbria will come under the spotlight today.
The county's police and crime panel - made up of local councillors - will discuss the plan with the county's Chief Constable and Crime Commissioner.
The force is considering the move because it's facing cuts of £10.8 million to its budget.
Cumbria's police force will reportedly have 155 fewer frontline officers by 2019.
The Constabulary has to cut £10.8 million from its budget over the next four years.
£4.3 million is intended be taken from the amount it spends on officers, reducing the force by 14%.
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