Each year a proportion of the Authority’s expenditure is funded from Government or other grants. These grants are usually provided to progress specific initiatives so spending plans are adjusted to reflect the additional expenditure that will be funded from these grants. Grant funds may be carried forward within earmarked reserves if they are not spent in the year in which they are allocated. Grant income is matched against the relevant grant related expenditure. Detailed below are the grants for 2014/15:
National Resilience (formerly New Dimension) Grants – Indicative Section 31 grant announced in the Local Government Finance Settlement for 2014/15 totals £1,117k for the National Resilience capabilities. This grant funds various resilience activities including the costs of running the Technical Rescue team and the associated training facility, Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Explosive (CBRN(E)) training and Enhanced Logistics Support.
Future Fire Control Centre – In 2011/12 the Authority successfully bid for grant funding covering the co-location of fire control at the Kent Police control centre, and the implementation of a new mobilising system. The grant totalled £1,800k (£900k capital and £900k revenue) to be utilised across several financial years. It is expected that the project will be completed in 2014/15 and the balance of grant utilised in full.
FireLink - This is being paid to cover the difference between the annual charge for the FireLink managed service radio scheme and the legacy costs of the now decommissioned radio scheme.
Fire Prevention – Balance of grant held in reserves to fund fire prevention initiatives, such as sprinkler systems.
Business Rate Initiative – This grant is intended to compensate the Authority for its share of lost business rate income resulting from the Government’s initiative to cap the increase in business rates for small businesses to 2% (instead of 3.2%).
Marine Incident Response Group (MIRG) EU - The MIRG EU project forms part of the INTERREG programme, a European Union funding programme that supports cross-border projects. The Authority is a main partner on this project, leading on the arrangement of a large scale exercise planned to take place in June 2014, along with the development of associated Standard Operating Procedures (SOPS) and training programmes. The project budget for the Authority currently totals €354k (c. £280k) over a three year period, of which 50% is paid as a grant on a matched funding basis, and reclaimed on specified dates. It is estimated that £79k of European grant income will be received in 2014/15.
Performance Reward Grant (PRG) – Grant carried forward which is used to fund a range of community safety initiatives.
| ||Grant Income ||Proposed Spend in 2014/15 || |
| ||Grant reserve balance 01/04/2014 |
|Grant expected 2014/15 |
|Total funds available |
|Other expenditure |
|Total expenditure |
|Grant reserve balance |
| Revenue Grants - Section 31 |
|National Resilience ||264 ||1,117 || 1,381 ||945 ||172 || 1,117 || 264 |
|Future Fire Control room ||381 ||0 || 381 ||0 ||381 || 381 || 0 |
|FireLink ||0 ||426 || 426 ||0 ||426 || 426 || 0 |
|Fire Prevention ||84 ||0 || 84 ||0 ||20 || 20 || 64 |
|Businesss Rate Initiative ||0 ||408 || 408 ||0 ||408 ||408 || 0 |
| Total Section 31 Grants || 729 || 1,951 || 2,680 || 945 || 1,407 || 2,352 || 328 |
| Revenue Grants - Other |
|Marine Incident Response Group ||0 ||79 || 79 ||0 ||79 || 79 || 0 |
|Performance Reward Grant ||256 ||0 || 256 ||18 ||193 || 211 || 45 |