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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 2019/20.


At the budget setting meeting on 19 February 2019, the Authority approved a total net revenue budget of £75,142,000 for 2019/20, funded as shown in the table below.

 

 

£000

Formula Funding Grant

£6,286

Share of Non-Domestic Business Rates

£15,617

District Councils Collection Funds

£53,239

Total

£75,142

 

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

57.68

B

7/9

0.778

67.29

C

8/9

0.889

76.91

D

1

1.000

86.52

E

11/9

1.222

105.75

F

13/9

1.444

124.97

G

15/9

1.667

144.20

H

18/9

2.000

173.04

 

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

 

Spending Plans

2018/19

£m

2019/20
£m

Gross expenditure

77.4

83.1

Income from specific grants, fees and charges

(2.5)

(7.2)

Council tax freeze grant

(1.1)

(1.1)

Central Government funding

(17.4)

(16.6)

Business Rates Retention – Local Authority

(5.4)

(5.2)

Council tax requirement

51.0

53.0

 

Changes in spending

In 2019/20 the spending requirement for the Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Authority will be £1.3m more than in 2018/19.  These changes are a result of the following:

 

Classification of spend

Changes to expenditure (£ millions)

Changes to income

(£ millions)

Contractual pay and price increases

1.502

-

Inescapable commitments

1.960

-

Budget savings

(2.588)

-

Section 31 grant for pension shortfall

-

(3.742)

Revenue Contribution to Capital Increase

0.112

-

Increase to pension charges

4.027

-

Total changes

5.013

(3.742)

 

The Authority requires a council tax level of £86.52 for a Band D household. This represents an increase of 2.99% compared to the 2018/19 figure.

Changes to Fire Service funding

The Government’s grant funding to the Authority has reduced by 25.4% by 2019/20. The Authority is expecting to make savings of between £8.4m and £14.6m by 2022 and will continue to raise issues with the Government around the problems faced by rural public authorities.

Revenue Budget

The Authority's proposed revenue budget for 2019/20 can be viewed by clicking here.

Capital Strategy 2019-24

Medium Term Financial Plan 2019-20

Reserves Strategy 2019-20

 

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