Council Tax consultation 2017/18
Kent Fire and Rescue Service
Opens: 5 December 2016
Closes: 16 January 2017 (12:00 noon)
Where your money is spent
Your local fire service gets its money from two places, the Government and Council Tax. This is the amount we have to spend each year on all of the services we provide which include:
- Providing a 24/7 emergency service for fires, road traffic collisions, floods and a whole range of other emergencies where the skills and equipment of firefighters are needed.
- Safety advice and support to help local people stay safe in their own homes, this includes home safety visits particularly targeted at the most vulnerable in the community such as older people and those with disabilities.
- Assistance to the ambulance service for serious medical emergencies such as heart attacks, where trained local fire crews are located closer to the casualty.
- Education for around 90,000 children each year on fire and road safety in schools and at our road safety centre.
A few important facts:
- Kent Fire and Rescue Service’s day-to-day budget in 2016/17 is £69m
- Along with others in the public sector, Kent Fire and Rescue Service has made savings over recent years – £22m over the last 7 years
- We expect to have to make further savings of around £7m over the next four years
Help us plan for the future
We are determined to continue to provide a safe and efficient service whilst balancing changing local needs and working with reducing grant funding from central Government. We believe that the plans we have put in place over the last few years have provided a good foundation to meet that challenge. Our previous investment in new equipment is already paying off, helping us fight fires and deal with rescues more effectively. We are also looking at new ways of working that are more flexible and responsive to local needs. This will help us make the necessary savings while still maintaining the quality service that we believe local people want. (more…)