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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 2017/18.


At the budget setting meeting on 17 February 2017, the Authority approved a total net revenue budget of £72,596,000 for 2017/18, funded as shown in the table below.

 

 

£000

Formula Funding Grant

£9,007

Share of Non-Domestic Business Rates

£14,528

District Councils Collection Funds

£49,061

Total

£72,596

 

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

54.38

B

7/9

0.778

63.44

C

8/9

0.889

72.51

D

1

1.000

81.57

E

11/9

1.222

99.70

F

13/9

1.444

117.82

G

15/9

1.667

135.95

H

18/9

2.000

163.14

 

 

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

 

Spending Plans

2016/17

£m

2017/18

£m

Gross expenditure

77.9

76.3

Income from specific grants, fees and charges

(2.8)

(2.6)

Council tax freeze grant

(1.1)

(1.1)

Central Government funding

(21.7)

(18.8)

Business Rates Retention – Local Authority

(5.1)

(4.8)

Council tax requirement

47.2

49.0

 

Changes in spending


In 2017/18 the spending requirement for the Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Authority will be £1.4m less than in 2016/17. These changes are a result of the following:

 

Classification of spend

Changes to expenditure
(£ millions)

Changes to income

(£ millions)

Contractual pay and price increases

0.646

-

Invest to save incentives & services/essential spending pressures

1.009

-

Budget savings

(2.342)

-

One off provisions included in 2016/17 budget

(0.116)

-

Reserve funding of revenue budget

-

(0.578)

Total changes

(0.803)

(0.578)

 

The Authority requires a council tax level of £81.57 for a Band D household. This represents an increase of 1.99% compared to the 2016/7 figure.

Changes to the Fire Service

The Government’s grant funding to the Authority has reduced by £3 million for 2017/18 from 2016/17. In the four years from 2016/17 to 2019/20, Government funding will reduce by 24.6%, the seventh worst settlement of all the Fire Authorities in the country. The Authority will continue to raise issues with the Government around the problems faced by rural public authorities.

The Authority's proposed revenue budget for 2017/18 can be viewed by clicking here.

 

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