Avon Fire and Rescue Service
Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) protects the communities of Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
This service costs the average Band D household £69.28 a year – or around £1.33 a week.
This year we have increased the precept, or the amount we ask for from the average home, by a total of £1.35 a year which is a rise of less than 3p a week. Despite this rise, Avon Fire Authority’s precept remains among the lowest in the country.
We also receive around a third of our funding from central Government. The grant we receive has fallen in recent years and will continue to reduce.
As a result, savings of £5 million will need to be made over the next three years which means we will continue to implement plans to allow us to provide a first-class emergency service with a smaller budget.
Avon Fire Authority has set its net budget for 2017/18 at £42.067 million. This represents a Council Tax level of £69.28 a year for a Band D property, an increase of just below 2%.
The Government’s funding assessment for Avon Fire Authority has been cut by £1.741m (9.35%) to £16.888m for 2017/18. The impact of this is that the funding provided by central Government is reduced by £1.492m (10.7%) to £12.457m.
|Total fire expenditure||46.154||45.060|
|Net budget before use of reserves||44.293||43.122|
|Use of reserves||-1.499||-1.055|
|Revenue Support Grant||8.647||6.709|
|Business rate – Top-up||5.302||5.748|
|Locally retained business rates||4.881||4.557|
|Net collection fund surplus||0.223||0.385|
The capital programme for 2017/18, excluding any capital expenditure within the 2016/17 capital programme that may be delayed or slipped into 2017/18, is shown below:
|Investing for the Future
|Vehicles and equipment||2.253||1.158|
|IT and communications||0.200||0.200|
The main changes in spending from 2016/17 to 2017/18
|Main changes in net expenditure||(£m)|
|Use of reserves||0.444|
This year savings totalling around £1.7 million have been identified in the following areas:
|Supplies and services||0.000|
For further information please contact: Avon Fire & Rescue Service, A: Temple Back, Bristol, BS1 6EU T: 0117 926 2061 W: www.avonfire.gov.uk