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.

​2016/17 2017/18
​£m ​£m
​Gross Revenue Expenditure 55.4 54.2
​Less Income (2.6) ​(2.3)
​Contribution to Capital 2.8 ​2.0
​Contribution from Reserves
​Net Budget Requirement ​55.6 53.9
​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 requirement 27.4 27.8
​Council tax base 417,884 ​425,026
​Band D Council Tax equivalent ​65.50 65.50

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  2017/18 53.9

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

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