SOUTH Yorkshire’s police precept will increase by the maximum allowed this year, the region’s commissioner has confirmed.
The rise is equal to £12 per year for a band D property — and £7.3 million will also be taken from the force’s reserves.
The Government announced in December that South Yorkshire Police would receive a central grant of £186.4 million in 2018/19.
This amount represents the same amount as last year — but only if the precept part of council tax is increased by the maximum 7.6 per cent.
South Yorkshire police commissioner Dr Alan Billings said: “Again this year, The Government has not increased the amount of money it gives police and crime commissioners to provide policing and crime services, despite awarding the police a two per cent pay increase.
“I have to raise the precept by the maximum amount in order to provide the same level of policing services as in previous years and to restore neighbourhood policing.”