Merseyside Residents Face Increase in Council Tax Payments, CTACIC Responds Tuesday 10 February 2015 PDF Print Merseyside Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy is proposing a rise in council tax payments to pump more money into the force Residents in Merseyside could be hit with a rise in council tax payments In order to secure extra funding for police. A Council Tax Advisors CIC spokesperson responds to the report. Merseyside Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy is proposing a rise in council tax payments to pump more money into the force. If the plans are approved then most households will find themselves handing over an extra £2 a year through their council tax bills. Mrs Kennedy believes the increase is necessary in order to cope with government funding cuts, which will see £126million being slashed from the budget between 2010 and 2019. Over 1,200 officers, PCSOs and staff have left the force since 2010, with another 800 expected to leave over the next two years. The proposal will be taken under consideration this month. The plans include using an extra £9million in reserves to balance the budget in the face of next year’s cuts. “This increase in the police precept is essential if I am to protect frontline police services,” claimed Mrs Kennedy. “Merseyside Police has transformed the way it is providing its services and is doing everything it can to work as efficiently as possible. I have streamlined my own office and now people on Merseyside will also pay more to protect their police service.” Council Tax Advisors CIC, an organisation that offers free and impartial advice on council tax arrears and other forms of debt, takes a strong interest in reports such as this. Managing director Chris Richards provided this statement: “Unfortunately it seems that increases in council tax payments are being proposed in several areas of the country, not just Merseyside. The rise will aid the police force but it comes at a time when many people are struggling with council tax bills as it is. “If you find yourself struggling to afford council tax repayments or if you’re having difficulty with any other forms of debt, give Council Tax Advisors CIC a call today. Our friendly experts provide free advice for people who find themselves having trouble with money, and they can give you great guidance to help.” Council Tax Advisors Community Interest Company (CIC) is a not-for-profit organisation offering free and independent advice and resolution services to those in council tax arrears or any other kind of debt. Formed in 2012 as a direct result of personal experiences with bailiffs, they specialise in providing advice and guidance on how best to deal with debt situations and offer long-term sustainable solutions including the organisation of repayment plans and professional mediation services. This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Council Tax Advisors in the following categories: Personal Finance, Education & Human Resources, Public Sector, Third Sector & Legal, for more information visit http://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.