Police tax increase

The South Wales Police Commissioner is seeking approval later today for a 7% increase in council tax.

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Minister won't say if he'll cap S. Wales police tax rise

Local Government minister Carl Sargeant is refusing to say if he'll cap the 7% increase in police precept agreed by South Wales' Police and Crime panel. He'll meet the Commissioner Alun Michael shortly to discuss the planned rise. A spokeswoman for the minister said

The Minister for Local Government and Communities has indicated that he expects councils and police and crime commissioners to act reasonably and responsibly in setting council taxes for next year taking account of household spending pressures as well as their own budget pressures. He is prepared to use the capping powers available to him should the need arise.

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Police panel backs 7% increase

South Wales police and crime panel has approved plans by the force's commissioner to increase by 7% the amount added to council tax bills to pay for policing. The increase translates into £181 on a Band D property in the area.

The Commissioner, Alun Michael, said it would plug some of the gap caused by cuts and years of underfunding. But two panel members from Rhondda Cynon Taf council said they couldn't support the increase because it would hit the poorest households.

The plans could yet be scuppered by the Local Government minister, Carl Sargeant, who has the power to cap increases in the police precept.