Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue proposes Council Tax precept increase in their budget consultation

Beds Fire and Rescue

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (BFRS) are asking for your views on their plans for 2020/21, including the proposal to raise their Council Tax precept.

The draft budget includes a proposed increase in funding contribution from Council Tax by 1.99% – an increase to £100.41 a year for a Band D property.

Bedford Borough Council’s website states, “The Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner and the Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Authority are responsible for setting their own level of Council Tax.

“Their Council Tax figures are then included in the overall Council Tax shown on the bill.”

Each sets a precept (total amount) to be collected for households in their area. This is then divided by the number of nominal Band D properties in the Borough to reach the Band D amount.

The Service is asking residents to take part in the consultation on proposals for its delivery and the Budget and Council Tax requirements for 2020/21.

You can take part in the consultation here. The closing date of the consultation is the 31 January 2020.

Chief Fire Officer Paul M Fuller said, “Your feedback will be used to inform the final draft CRMP and 2020/21 Budget that are due to be presented for approval by the Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Authority (the governing body that oversees BFRS) in February 2020.

“May I thank you in anticipation of your survey response and please be assured that as your Chief Fire Officer, I am committed to doing everything we can to keep our communities safe in Bedfordshire and to keep improving your Fire and Rescue Service.”