Posted: Tuesday 12 January 2021, 11:54
Derbyshire Fire & rescue Service want your views on our budget proposals which will allow us to meet our Service priorities for 2020-2023.
What are we proposing and why?
To balance our budget and fund investment in the Service and our communities we are considering a range of financial options that will allow us to fund priorities approved by the Fire and Rescue Authority which build on proposals set out in ‘Our Plan 2020/23’.
As well as savings plans and use of our financial reserves set out in the Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS), we are also considering increasing Council Tax. We are considering a 1.98% increase in line with proposed government thresholds on increases.
Director of Finance, Simon Allsop said: “Based on the information we have received so far, an increase of 1.98% in 2021-22 would result in a Band D Council Tax charge of £79.27, an annual increase of £1.54 a year for a Band D household.
“A 2% increase would allow the Service to fund most of the priorities including the training and development of firefighters, maintaining and improving fire stations, fire appliances and equipment, and securing funding to meet future challenges.”
The Service will still have to make savings and has identified what savings can be made in 2021/22 without affecting front line delivery of our services.
Have your say.
The consultation is open until 5pm Monday 8 February 2021.