​​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 Government funding falling by £2.9m 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 2015/2016.


The Fire Authority has increased Council Tax by 1.9% which means that the budget for 2015/16 is £56.7m, compared to last year’s budget which was £58.3m. The Lancashire Combined Fire Authority has a good record of delivering savings, £10.7m of efficiency savings have been made between April 2011 and March 2015, and a further £3.4m savings are planned for 2015/16. The current financial environment is challenging but the Authority will continue to plan for future budget shortfalls and all aspects of Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service are in the process of being reviewed over the next few years to identify further efficiencies.


What does the Fire and Rescue Service cost?

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


​Gross Revenue Expenditure​59.4​56.3
​Less Income(2.5)​(2.4)
​Contribution to Capital1.5​2.8
​Contribution from Reserves(0.1)-
​Net Budget Requirement​58.3​56.7
​Less Central Government Grants(18.4)​(15.2)
​Less Local Share of Business Rates inc top up grant​(14.1)​(14.5)
​Deficit/(Surplus) on Council Tax Collection Fund​(0.2)​(0.4)
​Council tax requirement​25.6​26.6
​Council tax base402,171​410,555
​Band D Council Tax equivalent​63.65​64.86

How the budget compares with last year?

The Fire Authority budget requirement for 2015/16 is £56.7m compared with a budget of £58.3m for last year.  The reasons for the 2.7% decrease in the overall budget are as follows:


Change in spending between years£ million
​Budget requirement 2014/15​58.3
​Add other variations, such as inflation, potential pay awards, capital financing charges, and equipment replacement​1.7
​Less savings, such as changes to crewing arrangements, departmental restructuring and reductions in other areas​(3.4)
​Reduction in the use of reserves to balance the budget​0.1
Budget requirement  2015/1656.7


Council Tax has been increased by 1.9% which means that for a Band D property the amount payable for the Fire and Rescue part of the bill is £64.86

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

Email: enquiries@lancsfirerescue.org.uk

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