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Humberside Fire Authority provides a Fire and Rescue Service to the communities of Kingston upon Hull, the East Riding of Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire – a population of more than 900,000 people. The Service has 31 fire stations spread across the Humberside area.

The information below highlights the current costs for providing the Service and where that money comes from.

What we do as a fire and rescue service

Preventing fires and other emergencies occurring, by successfully engaging with our communities, and minimising the effects if they do occur by promoting safety measures.

Protecting our communities, through advice to businesses and legal enforcement against those who do not comply with fire safety legislation.

Preparing our communities to be able to deal with the effects of fires and other emergencies that do occur so they are able to help themselves, and those who are most vulnerable.

Responding to emergencies quickly, with highly effective people, equipment and procedures.

Recovering by helping our communities get back to normal when fires and other emergencies do occur.

The budget

The 2022/23 budget requirement for Humberside Fire Authority is £47,664,414.

There are three main sources of funding that the Authority relies on to deliver its services to the community: the precept, which is the element of council tax raised locally, grant funding from central government, and our share of Business Rates collected locally in Humberside.

Budget table

The table shows where the Authority’s funding comes from and how it has changed from last year:

Like other public sector organisations, Humberside Fire Authority is facing significant financial challenges over the next few years and we must continue to work hard to ensure that we can continue to deliver a high level of service at a lower cost.

Grant funding

The Authority, over the period 2011/12 to 2019/20 has had its grant funding from the government reduced by £12.0m or 40% in cash terms.

The Authority will receive an increase in its grant from the government for 2022/23 of 1.3%. Efficiencies and savings of over £11m have already been delivered between 2011 to 2019, such as more efficient crewing of fire engines and fire stations; reduced management costs; reduced discretionary expenditure; and reductions in non-front line and corporate support functions.

The Authority has a balanced budget over the medium-term, based on current assumptions, but there are significant financial uncertainties for the period 2022 onwards. Principally, these are the Comprehensive Spending Review outcomes whereby the Government sets its spending priorities for the next four years and also a review of the mechanism used to distribute funding from Government to individual Fire and Rescue Services.

Your Council Tax

Your overall council tax helps to fund the Fire Authority as well as the police and your local council. The council tax discussed in this leaflet is the amount of your overall council tax which is helping to fund Humberside Fire Authority.

Humberside Fire Authority has agreed to increase the council tax for 2022/23 by 1.99%.

Council tax banding

What will we do with the money?

In 2022/23 £28.9m, which is the majority of our budget, will be spent on fire fighting and rescue operations. We will use £3.2m to fund community safety activity which will include delivering Home Fire Safety visits to more homes across the Service area. Management and support, which includes, for example, the cost of our training, vehicle maintenance and premises, is estimated to cost £13m. Capital financing charges, are estimated to be £2.6m.

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