Tax rise saves police 110 jobs

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PLANS to cut 110 frontline police officer posts in South Yorkshire next year have been axed – but council tax payers will have to foot the bill.

South Yorkshire Police Authority has agreed a £251 million budget for 2012/13 which will allow the force to keep 110 police officers and 22 police community support officers.

But, to pay for them, council tax payers across South Yorkshire will see a 3.95 per cent rise in the amount they contribute through their police precept.

For the average band D council tax payer, the rise represents £5.22 a year, or 52p more on monthly bills once council tax payments are divided across 10 months of the year.

A band A council tax payer will see the police precept element of their council tax go up from £88.22 this year to £91.70 from April. Their rise represents an increase of £3.48 a year, or 35p a month extra.