Police announce zero per cent rise in council tax share

BEDS Police Authority is set to freeze its council tax charge for the next 12 months.

The authority, which oversees policing across the county, is set to charge the average Band D household £144.77 in 2011-12, the same as last year.

Last week Beds and Luton Fire and Rescue Service also announced it would freeze its council tax charge, with Band D households paying £82.44 for the next 12 months.

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The lion’s share of council tax is charged by Bedford Borough Council or Central Beds Council.

Smaller amounts go to the fire service, police authority, and town and parish councils.

Peter Conniff, chairman of Beds Police Authority, said: “Fortunately we are well-equipped to deal with this challenging situation thanks to our previous efficiency programmes and contingency planning.”