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KMFRA sets annual Council Tax

KMFRA sets annual Council Tax

13 February 2017

At its meeting on 13 February 2017, Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Authority (KMFRA) decided on its Council Tax for 2017/18.

The Authority has agreed an increase of 1.88% in Council Tax. That is an increase of just 2.5p a week for a household living in a band D property, which totals an annual increase of £1.35 for the coming year, taking the total Band D Council Tax for Kent Fire and Rescue Service to £73.35 a year.

Nick Chard, Chairman of KMFRA said: " We are determined to continue to provide a safe and efficient service whilst balancing changing local needs and working with reducing grant funding from central Government. We believe that the plans we have put in place over the last few years have provided a good foundation to meet that challenge. Our previous investment in new equipment is already paying off, helping us fight fires and deal with rescues more effectively. We are also looking at new ways of working that are more flexible and responsive to local needs. In these ways, we can make the necessary savings while still maintaining the effective service that we believe local people want. The Authority is very mindful about providing the most efficient and effective service we can, at the best price for Kent and Medway residents. We were pleased that the majority of local people supported the 2.5p a week band D increase* which we believe remains good value for money for the wide range of services we provide"

Background

  • The increase is 1.88% in Council Tax. That is an increase of  2.5p a week for a household living in a band D property*, which totals an annual increase of £1.35 for 2017/18, taking the total Band D Council Tax for Kent Fire and Rescue Service to £73.35 a year.

  • The decision follows a public consultation between 3 December and 16 January 2017, where 78.70% of responders supported an increase of 1.88%. 21.30% preferred no increase.

  • KFRS gets its money from two places, the Government and Council Tax. This is the amount KMFRA has to spend each year on all of the services provided, including 24/7 emergency service for fires, road traffic collisions, floods and a whole range of other emergencies where the skills and equipment of firefighters are needed as well as safety advice to help vulnerable local people stay safe in their own homes and safety education for children and young people.

  • Kent Fire and Rescue Service's day-to-day budget in 2016/17 is £69m

  • Along with others in the public sector, Kent Fire and Rescue Service has made savings over recent years - £22m over the last 7 years

  • The Authority expects to have to make further savings of around £7m over the next four years

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