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.
|Gross Revenue Expenditure||55.4||54.2|
|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:
The Chief Fire Officer
Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service