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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 2020/21.


At the budget setting meeting on 18 February 2020, the Authority approved a total net revenue budget of £77,279,000 for 2020/21, funded as shown in the table below.

 

 

£000

Formula Funding Grant

£6,389

Share of Non-Domestic Business Rates

£16,166

District Councils Collection Funds

£54,724

Total

£77,279

 

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

58.83

B

7/9

0.778

68.63

C

8/9

0.889

78.44

D

1

1.000

88.24

E

11/9

1.222

107.85

F

13/9

1.444

127.46

G

15/9

1.667

147.07

H

18/9

2.000

176.48

 

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

 

Spending Plans

2019/20

£m

2020/21

£m

Gross expenditure

83.1
85.8

Income from specific grants, fees and charges

(7.2)
(7.5)

Council tax freeze grant

(1.1)
(1.1)

Central Government funding

(16.6)
(16.9)

Business Rates Retention – Local Authority

(5.2)
(5.6)

Council tax requirement

53.0
54.7

 

Changes in spending

In 2020/21 the spending requirement for the Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Authority will be £2.1m more than in 2019/20.  These changes are a result of the following:

 

Classification of spend

Changes to expenditure (£ millions)

Contractual pay and price increases

1.442

Inescapable commitments

0.696

Budget savings

(1.770)

Revenue Contribution to Capital decrease

(0.577)

New investment including On-call availability

3.511

Less reserve contribution
(1.167)

Total changes

2.135

 

The Authority requires a council tax level of £88.24 for a Band D household. This represents an increase of 1.99% compared to the 2019/20 figure.

Revenue Budget

The Authority's proposed revenue budget for 2020/21 can be viewed by clicking here.

Capital Strategy 2020-25

Medium Term Financial Plan 2020-21

Reserves Strategy 2019-20

 

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