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Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) protects the communities of Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

In 2018 – 2019 this service will cost Band D council tax payers £71.35 which is an increase of 3% on the previous year.

You might be interested to see below just a small snapshot of what our staff provided to local people between January and December 2017.

We continue to provide this vital service to keep you and your family safe, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year at cost of around 10p a day for each of the 1.1 million people who live in our area.

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Annual budget

Avon Fire Authority has set its net budget for 2018/19 at £41.843 million. This represents a council tax level of £71.35 a year for a Band D property, an increase of 3%.

The government’s funding assessment for Avon Fire Authority has been cut by £0.733m (4.34%) to £16.162m for 2018/19. The impact of this is that the funding provided by central government is reduced by £0.904m (7.26%) to £11.553m.

Spending plans

2017/18 (£m) 2018/19 (£m)
Total fire expenditure 45.060 44.732
Income -1.938 -2.322
Net budget before use of reserves 43.122 42.410
Use of reserves 1.055 -0.567
Net budget 42.067 41.843
Central government funding
Revenue Support Grant 6.709 5.670
Business rate – top-up 5.748 5.883
Local funding
Locally retained business rates 4.557 4.658
Net collection fund surplus 0.385 -0.110
Council tax 24.668 25.742
Total 42.067 41.843

The main changes in spending from 2017/18 to 2018/19 are shown below:

Main changes in net expenditure £m
2017/18 budget 42,067
Inflationary pressures 1.115
Other -0.078
Use of reserves 0.488
Savings -1.749
2018/19 budget 41.844


This year savings totalling around £1.7 million have been identified in the following areas

Savings 2018/19 (£m)
Employees -0.682
Running costs Premises -0.132
Supplies and services -0.055
Other -0.810
Income -0.070
Total -1.749

Capital requirements

The capital programme for 2018/19, excluding any capital expenditure within the 2017/18 capital programme that may be delayed or slipped into 2018/19, is shown below:

2017/18 (£m) 2018/19 (£m)
Premises 0.500 0.000
Vehicles and equipment 1.588 1.508
IT and communications 0.200 0.200
Total 2.288 1.708