Over 2500 responses were received during a four-week public consultation and 77% agreeing to an increase of 1.99%.
At its meeting on Friday 12 February 2021, Humberside Fire Authority discussed whether to increase the Council Tax precept or to freeze it at its current level for the year 2021/22. The Authority debated the responses from the four-week public consultation, before agreeing to raise the precept for 2021/22 by 1.99%.
A total of 2572 responses were received and 77% of these agreeing to pay more for Humberside Fire and Rescue Service’s (HFRS) Council Tax precept.
How will this impact households?
Below is a table showing what the 1.99% increase will mean for the different Council Tax Bands for 2021/22. For a Band D property this means an annual increase of £1.72 or 14p per month, from the 2020/21 precept.
There are three main sources of funding that the Authority relies on to provide a fire and rescue service to the community:
- The precept, which is HFRS’s portion of Council Tax raised locally
- Grant funding from central government
- HFRS share of Business Rates collected locally in Humberside region
Like other public sector organisations, the Authority has delivered efficiencies of £11M (22%) on a starting budget of £50M since 2010/11 to meet funding reductions and has continued to provide a high performing fire and rescue service to the communities in the Humber region.
For more information about the Council Tax precept, please click here.