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No rise in police tax says Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire Matthew Ellis

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: January 23, 2014

Matthew Ellis

Matthew Ellis

POLICE and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire Matthew Ellis wants to buck the national trend for police council tax increases.

Mr Ellis' plans for a zero increase will be discussed on Monday, January 27, with Police and Crime Panel members who will give their views before a final decision.

The Commissioner is responsible for setting the budget for policing, community safety and reducing crime across Staffordshire in 2014/15.

His plans mean people in Staffordshire Moorlands and elsewhere will face no increase in the police and community safety portion of their council tax received by the Commissioner. Mr Ellis said: "With a £4.3 million reduction in overall budget for 2014/15, the easy option would be to turn to local council tax-payers in the Staffordshire Moorlands and elsewhere to meet the additional short-fall. But I don't want to do that.

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