Fire & Rescue Service 2021/22 budget consultation - deadline 5pm 8th February

Published on: Tuesday, 12th January 2021

Derbyshire Fire & rescue Service want your views on budget proposals which will allow the authority to meet Service priorities for the next three years. 

The consultation has been opened in order to balance the budget and fund investment in the Service and our communities, with consideration being given to a range of financial options that will allow the service to fund priorities approved by the Fire and Rescue Authority which build on proposals set out in the plan for 2021 to 2022.

As well as savings plans and use of financial reserves set out in the Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS), Fire Service officials are also considering increasing Council Tax - a 1.98% increase suggested in line with proposed government thresholds on increases. 

Director of Finance, Simon Allsop said: “Based on the information we have received so far, an increase of 1.98% in 2021-22 would result in a Band D Council Tax charge of £79.27, an annual increase of £1.54 a year for a Band D household.

“A 2% increase would allow the Service to fund most of the priorities including the training and development of firefighters, maintaining and improving fire stations, fire appliances and equipment, and securing funding to meet future challenges.”

The Service will still have to make savings and has identified what savings can be made in 2021/22 without affecting front line delivery.

The consultation is being carried out via the Fire Service website with a deadline for submissions of 5pm on Monday 8th February.

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