Fire & Rescue hold Council Tax

hampshire fireFor the second year running Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority has agreed a budget which will see its portion of Council tax frozen.

For a Band D property, the council tax remains at £61.38, equivalent to £1.18 per week.

The cost of providing fire and rescue services across Hampshire is £70.5 million this year,  up 1.2% on last year.

The budget includes £1.3 million of efficiency savings, which has helped to mitigate the effects of inflation.

By freezing council tax, the Authority will be entitled to a special government grant worth almost £1.2 million.

The budget is mostly spent on operational firefighters and other staff. The remainder is used for operational equipment, clothing, supplies, replacing fire vehicles, fleet maintenance and premises.

The Chairman of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor Royston Smith, said:

“We are well aware that the household budgets of Hampshire residents are under severe pressure due to the current economic conditions. I am therefore very pleased that the Authority has been able to set a budget that means no increase in our portion of the council tax for the second year running.”

“This has been achieved as a result of careful financial planning including the successful implementation of the first year of our efficiencies programme, designed to reduce our running costs, and by accepting the Government’s offer of a council tax freeze grant.”

Ray Turner

Formerly a Civil-Servant and IT Specialist at ONS, Ray is now semi-retired and spare-time self-employed. He contributes to Eastleigh News on a voluntary basis and is also an administrator for the site.