Cambs fire service increases residents’ council tax through new budget
The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire Authority agreed to raise its share of the council tax by the maximum 1.99 per cent.
The increase will see the fire service’s share of the council tax increase by £1.44 for an average home, raising the Band D bill to £72.09 for the year.
The Fire Authority – made up of councillors from across the area – agreed on Thursday (February 11) to set the fire service’s budget of £30,682,450 for the upcoming financial year 2021/22.
The authority’s annual budget is effectively the same as it was last year – £30,279,440 – around the same as it was in 2010.
Chair of the Fire Authority, Kevin Reynolds, told the Local Democracy Reporting Service the increase in council tax follows a public consultation showing support for the measure.
When the increase was first proposed earlier this year he said: “Protecting the frontline is vitally important to us but it becomes more challenging each year with additional financial pressures.
“We do everything we can to keep the precept we set as low as possible and this is demonstrated by the fact we are one of the lowest cost fire and rescue services in the country”.
He added: “So a small increase in council tax this year, of less than 3p a week, will allow us to protect our current level of operational response, deliver enhanced medical training for firefighters and hopefully help see us through the pandemic.”
Councillors on the Fire Authority also voted on Thursday not to increase their members’ allowances for the year.
Cllr Reynolds said that given the partial public sector pay freeze ”we didn’t think it was appropriate at this time”.