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Press Release - Service launches council tax precept consultation period
Posted on 21/11/2017

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Authority is seeking feedback about its level of council tax precept for the coming year.
 
The current charge is £81.57 a year for a Band ‘D’ property and the proposed increases for the purposes of the consultation are as follows:
 
• 1% (an increase of 82p per year for a Band D property, increasing the total charge to £82.39)
• 2% (an increase of £1.63 per year for a Band D property, increasing the total charge to £83.22)
• £5 (an increase of £5 per year for a Band D property (pro rata for other bands), increasing the total charge to £86.57)

The Service provides 85 local fire stations across Devon and Somerset and employs approximately 2,030 staff, helping to keep safe a population of 1.7 million. On average the Service attends around 17,500 incidents each year, which includes flooding, road traffic collisions, fires and other emergencies.

The total cost of running the Service equates to approximately £42 a year per head of the population.

Over the last few years the Government has been reducing the funding provided for the fire and rescue service and this means that by 1 April 2018 the funding for Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service will have been reduced by approximately £11.4 million in the last five years. A further £1.7million reduction will be made by 2019/20.

The Authority is committed to maintaining a professional service across the two counties whilst addressing the funding cuts passed down by the Government.

The results will go to the Fire & Rescue Authority in February and will contribute to their discussions about the budget for April 2018 to March 2019.

The consultation period is open from 15 November to 14 December 2017. The online survey can be found on the website here: http://tinyurl.com/yb8f43jb


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