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Council tax 2016/17

Council tax 2016/17

Council tax 2016/17

Kent Fire and Rescue Service - there when you need us

For around £1.38 a week (for a Band D property) Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) provides you and your family with a round-the-clock, 365 days a year service.

We not only fight fires, but deal with a huge range of other emergencies from road crashes, some medical emergencies, floods and explosions to chemical spillages. We work hard to help families and businesses stay safe by providing safety advice.

Nick Chard, Chairman of Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Authority said: "Local people value the service we provide and want to preserve it. The Authority always tries to ensure that it provides the most efficient and effective service it can at the best price for Kent and Medway residents. An increase of just 1.91% will allow us to maintain a good level of emergency cover while continuing to make the necessary efficiency savings in a planned and gradual way. The increase is just over 2.5p a week for a band D household, or £1.35 a year. We believe this is still good value for money for a round the clock service, dealing with all kinds of emergencies in your local area. "

Your bill

Your Council Tax bill is made up of charges from the Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Authority, as well as other local authorities in your area. These are the amounts that will be received by this authority for each property band.

Council Tax band

Annual Council Tax

Proportion of Band D

A

£48

6/9

B

£56

7/9

C

£64

8/9

D

£72

1

E

£88

11/9

F

£104

13/9

G

£120

15/9

H

£144

2

 

Comments or questions

If you have any comments or questions about this information please contact Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Authority:

Telephone 01622 692 121

Email KFRSFinance@kent.fire-uk.org

Write to:

Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Authority
The Godlands
Straw Mill Hill
Tovil
Maidstone ME15 6XB


Where your money goes

Where your money goes

Revenue Budget

2015/16
£’000

2016/17

£’000

Employees

55,841

52,154

Running expenses

15,781

16,880

Capital financing

12,630

8,829

Transfer to reserves

-9,861

-3,709

Gross revenue expenditure

74,391

74,154

Service income

-4,416

-4,862

Net budget requirement

69,975

69,292

Financed by:

   

Council Tax

41,254

42,918

Share of Retained Business Rates

6,361

6,428

Collection fund surplus

645

451

Grant from Government

21,715

19,495

 

69,975

69,292

Our budget for 2016/17

This Authority continues to face many challenges in the current economic climate to ensure that it has sufficient resources to deliver a good quality and effective service to the people of Kent and Medway. Over 1500 are employed by the Authority (75% of the net revenue budget) delivering a wide range of services across the county, being proactive and innovative, always looking at better and more efficient ways of working.  Investment continues in new stations and vehicles, the Safety and Wellbeing Plan for 2016-18details the way forward for the coming years, which includes for example a proposal to carry out feasibility studies at 10 sites across the county.  During 2016/17, new fire stations will be opened at Rochester and Chatham, and the new Road Safety Experience Centre will also be opening in the coming months. The building of a new fire station at Ramsgate is expected to start sometime in 2016/17.

 

 

 

Day to day budget (Revenue)

For 2016/17 the Authority has a net day to day budget of £69.3m. This reflects anticipated  commitments in relation to pay and prices amounting to £1.3m  and £3.7m to fund new build and improvement projects, purchase new vehicles and operational equipment.  In order to achieve this, savings of £5.4m will be generated in 2016/17. Most of these savings will be found through a combination of staff retiring, vacancies not being filled and a range of other non pay savings which will arise as contracts are reviewed and processes are streamlined.

 

Capital budget

 

In 2016/17 the Authority plans to spend £7.7m, which will include the delivery of 21 new fire appliances alongside the start of the building of the new fire station at Ramsgate.  Other projects include property improvements and maintenance, information and communication systems, specialist vehicles including multirole vehicles and a foam unit. The Authority plans to pay for this work through contributions from the revenue budget.

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