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Budget & Accounts

The majority of the Fire Authority's funding is provided directly by the government in the form of Revenue Support Grant and Business Rates. The remainder is raised via the precept which forms part of the council tax bills issued by the District Councils. However, the Fire and Rescue Authority only sets its budget after taking account of the government's regulations on capping, the reserves it has available and any income that it generates.

The Authority’s Financial Regulations are provided here.

For 2016/17 the Authority has a budget of £48m which was agreed at the Fire and Rescue Authority meeting held on 15th February 2016.   

The Authority also agreed a Council Tax increase of 1.97% for 2016/17.  The Government is not offering the option of a freeze grant in this next financial year. 

The budget has been set against a total funding allocation of £51m - this will allow for some £3m to be set aside for investment requirements within the Medium-Term Plans.

In respect of Reserves, the Authority agreed to earmark £9.82m for a variety of projects which are set out in the report here (Item 13).  £2m has also been set aside to continue with the successful Stronger, Safer Communities Reserve Fund.

What will the money be spent on?

The budget is planned to be spent as follows:- 

 

£m

Operational staff

29

Support Staff

6

Indirect Staff costs

2

Transport

1

Premises

2

Supplies & Services

4

Capital Financing costs

4

TOTAL

48

Who pays?

The Fire and Rescue Authority's budget comes from a variety of sources: 

 
£m
Local Taxpayers
23
Revenue Support Grant
13
Business Rates
15
Other Income
0
Reserves
0
TOTAL
51

In accordance with the Accounts and Audit regulations, the Authority must approve its Statement of Accounts before the end of June each year. The Statement of Accounts and Summary Accounts for the last three years are available in the FRA's Library.