South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority
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Budget & Accounts

The Fire and Rescue Authority's funding for the 2019/20 financial year comes from a variety of sources. Central Government funding and retained business rates represent a large proportion of the funding with the remainder being 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 2019/20 the Authority has a budget of £53.6m which was agreed at the Fire and Rescue Authority meeting held on 11th February 2019

The Authority also agreed a Council Tax increase of 2.99% for 2019/20.

The budget has been set against a total funding allocation of £53.6m which means a balanced budget position.

In respect of Reserves, the Authority agreed to retain a minimum general reserve (including operational contingency) of £5m.

The full report can be read here (see Item 11)

 What will the money be spent on?

The budget is planned to be spent as follows:- 

 

£m

Operational staff

33.7

Support Staff

7.5

Indirect Staff costs

2.4

Transport

0.9

Premises

3.0

Supplies & Services

4.6

Capital Financing costs

2.8

Income

-1.3

TOTAL

53.6

Who pays?

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

 

£m

Local Taxpayers

26.0

Revenue Support Grant

8.3

Business Rates

15.7

Other Income

3.6

Reserves

-

TOTAL

53.6

In accordance with the Accounts and Audit Regulations, the Authority must submit its Draft Statement of Accounts to its external auditors before the end of May each year.  The Authority must also approve its audited Statement of Accounts annually by the end of July.

The Statement of Accounts and Summary Accounts for the last three years are available in the FRA Library.