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It is a requirement for the Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Authority to set a level of revenue budget and council tax before the commencement of the forthcoming financial year 2016/17.


At the budget setting meeting on 19 February 2016, the Authority approved a total net revenue budget of £73,977,000 for 2016/17, funded as shown in the table below:

 

 
£000
Formula Funding Grant
£12,294
Share of Non-Domestic Business Rates
£14,393
District Councils Collection Funds
£47,290
Total
£73,977

 

It is a legislative requirement that the Authority informs, by 1 March each year, each of the council tax collecting Authorities within Devon and Somerset of the level of council tax for each property valuation band associated with the precepts due for the year in question.


These figures are shown in the table below:

 

Government Multiplier
Valuation Band
Ratio
Percentage
Council Tax (£)
A
6/9
0.667
53.32
B
7/9
0.778
62.21
C
8/9
0.889
71.09
D
1
1.000
79.98
E
11/9
1.222
97.75
F
13/9
1.444
115.53
G
15/9
1.667
133.30
H
18/9
2.000
159.96

 

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Authority is responsible for the governance arrangements for Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service.

 

Spending Plans
2015/16 £m
2016/17 £m
Gross expenditure
78.8
77.9
Income from specific grants, fees and charges
(3.0)
(2.8)
Council tax freeze grant
(1.1)
(1.1)
Central Government funding
(24.2)
(21.7)
Business Rates Retention - Local Authority
(5.2)
(5.1)
Council Tax requirement
45.3
47.2

 

Changes in spending

In 2016/17 the spending requirement for the Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Authority will be £0.7M less than in 2015/16. These changes are a result of the following:

 

Classification of spend
Changes to expenditure (£ millions)
Changes to income
(£ millions)
Contractual pay and price increases
0.549
-
Invest to save incentives & services/essential spending pressures
2.697
(0)
Budget savings
(3.222)
-
One off provisions included in 2015/16 budget
(0.758)
-
Total changes
(0.734)
(0)

 

The Authority requires a council tax level of £79.98 for a Band D household. This represents an increase of 1.99% compared to the 2015/16 figure.

Changes to the Fire Service

The Government's grant funding to the Authority has reduced by £2.5 million for 2016/17, which means a total reduction of £11.2 million since 2012/13. Devon & Somerset has suffered the seventh worst settlement of all the Fire Authorities in the country.

Revenue Budget

The Authority's proposed revenue budget for 2016/17 can be viewed by clicking here.

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