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.
The net budget for 2020/21 is £57.4m, an increase of £1.4m compared to last year’s budget of £56.0m. This increase was largely the result of pay awards and increased pension contributions, which is partly offset by the identification of £0.8m of budget savings. The Combined Fire Authority has had to balance the needs of Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service against the burden on local taxpayers when setting the budget, therefore, in order to limit the increase in council tax to 1.99%, the gross budget was reduced by £0.4m. This funding gap will be met by drawing down reserves.
Lancashire Combined Fire Authority has a good record of delivering savings, delivering over £20m of savings made between April 2011 and March 2020.
What does the Fire and Rescue Service cost?
Based on the forecast population of Lancashire, circa 1.5 million, we cost just 10 pence per person per day.
|Gross Revenue Expenditure||59.5||60.7|
|Less grant in respect of increased firefighters pension costs||(3.1)||(3.1)|
|Contribution to Capital||2.0||2.2|
|Net Budget Requirement||56.0||57.4|
|Less Central Government Grants||(8.5)|
|Less Local Share of Business Rates inc top up grant||(25.3)||(16.9)|
|Deficit/(Surplus) on Council Tax and Business Rates Collection fund||(0.3)||(0.5)|
|Council tax requirement||30.4||31.5|
|Council tax base||438,138||443,827|
|Band D Council Tax equivalent||£69.48||£70.86|
How the budget compares with last year?
The Fire Authority net budget requirement for 2020/21 is £57.4m compared with a budget of £56.0m last year. The reasons for the 2.5% increase in the overall budget are as follows:
|Change in spending between years||£ million|
|Budget requirement 2019/20||56.0|
|Add pay awards and other inflationary pressures||1.8|
|Less savings identified||(0.8)|
|Investment in increased firefighter recruit numbers and one-off increased contribution to the capital budget||0.4|
|Budget requirement 2020/21||57.4|
Council Tax has increased by 1.99% which means that for a Band D property the amount payable for the Fire and Rescue part of the bill is £70.86 per year (£1.36 per week), an increase of £1.38 (just £0.03 per week).
What do you get for your money?
39 fire stations
58 fire engines
18 specialist vehicles
999 calls answered
Attendance at 5,032 fires
Attendance at 693 road traffic collisions
Attendance at 3,380 other emergencies including animal rescue, flooding, collapsed structures, gaining entry and water rescue
Fire safety inspections
Prosecutions under fire safety law
20,197 Home Fire Safety Checks
Visits to all school year 2 and year 6 classes
Road safety education package aimed at year 11 pupils
Youth engagement activities
For a hard copy of this information, please contact us:
The Chief Fire Officer
Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service