​​Lancashire Combined Fire Authority delivers a fire and rescue service to the whole of Lancashire, raising awareness about fire safety through visiting homes and schools, enforcing fire safety laws; being available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to respond to emergencies. With Central Government Grant funding falling by £2.6m this year, the Combined Fire Authority has had to balance the needs of Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service against the burden of local taxpayers when setting the budget for 2017/2018.

 

 

 

The Fire Authority has frozen Council Tax which means that the net budget for 2017/18 is £53.9m, compared to last year's budget which was £55.6m. Lancashire Combined Fire Authority has a good record of delivering savings, £16.5m of efficiency savings have been made between April 2011 and March 2017, and a further £1.5m savings are planned for 2017/18.

 

What does the Fire and Rescue Service cost?

Based on the population of Lancashire, we cost just over 10 pence per person per day.

 

​2016/172017/18
​£m​£m
​Gross Revenue Expenditure55.454.2
​Less Income(2.6)​(2.3)
​Contribution to Capital2.8​2.0
​Contribution from Reserves--
​Net Budget Requirement​55.653.9
​Less Central Government Grants(13.2)​(10.7)
​Less Local Share of Business Rates inc top up grant​(14.8)​(15.1)
​Deficit/(Surplus) on Council Tax Collection Fund(0.2)(0.3)
​Council tax requirement27.427.8
​Council tax base417,884​425,026
​Band D Council Tax equivalent​65.5065.50

How the budget compares with last year?

The Fire Authority net budget requirement for 2017/18 is £53.9m compared with a budget of £55.6m last year.  The reasons for the 3.0% decrease in the overall budget are as follows:

 

Change in spending between years£ million
​Budget requirement 2016/17​55.6

​Less other variations, such as inflation, decreased capital financing charges and use of reserves

(0.8)
​Less savings, such as changes to crewing arrangements, departmental restructuring​(1.5)

​Re-investment in recruitment by strengthening the operational training capacity, and reviewing the use of apprenticeships

​0.6
Budget requirement  2017/1853.9

 

Council Tax has been frozen which means that for a Band D property the amount payable for the Fire and Rescue part of the bill is £65.50 or £1.26 per week.

For a hard copy of this information, please contact us:

Email: enquiries@lancsfirerescue.org.uk

Post:   The Chief Fire Officer
        Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service
        Headquarters
        Garstang Road
        Fulwood
        Preston
        PR2 3LH