In anticipation of the upcoming financial year 2024/25, the Humberside Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) is reaching out to the public for their valuable input on potential funding increases to support the vital services provided to communities across the Humber region.
In these challenging times, the Service acknowledges the sensitivity surrounding any proposed financial adjustments. However, with additional funding, it can ensure the sustained delivery of essential services and make crucial investments in cutting-edge equipment and technology, benefiting the safety of every individual in the Humber region as part of its Community Risk Management Plan.
We ask the public to share their feedback and preferences on the following four options:
- Option 1: A 2.99% increase. This is 24p per month (£2.84 per year) on a Band D property
- Option 2: A 5.25% increase. This is 42p per month (£4.99 per year) on a Band D property. Please note: this option would require a public referendum which would generate further costs to the Service.
- Option 3: A 8.40% increase. This is 67p per month (£7.99 per year) on a Band D property. Please note: this option would require a public referendum which would generate further costs to the Service.
- Option 4: No increase
Your participation in this consultation is crucial and we encourage you to provide your valuable feedback before the consultation closes at 5 pm on Tuesday 23 January 2024.
The final precept recommendation will be carefully considered by the Humberside Fire Authority at its meeting on 9 February 2024.
How is the Service Funded?
The Humberside Fire Authority relies on two primary sources of funding to deliver essential services: the precept, a portion of locally raised council tax, and grant funding from central government. Covering a population of nearly 950,000 across Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, North and North East Lincolnshire, the Authority faces significant financial challenges. To maintain the current high level of service and offset the impact of reductions, it is imperative to consider potential increases to the council tax precept.
Your support and engagement are vital as we navigate these financial challenges together, ensuring the continued safety and wellbeing of our community.