Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Consultation on 2020/21 Budget and Action Plan

Service proposes an increase in council tax funding contribution by 1.99% 

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (BFRS) has launched a consultation on proposals for its service delivery and the budget and council tax requirements for 2020/21.

BFRS seeking views on its priorities and on its proposal to increase contributions to its funding from council tax.

First published in April 2019 and covering the four years from 2019/20 -2022/23, the BFRS Community Risk Management Plan (CRMP) sets out how the service intends to focus resources to help deliver on its mission to ‘provide outstanding fire and rescue services that help make Bedfordshire safer’.

For 2020/21, It has refreshed the CRMP to ensure the content remains current. It has also produced a draft Annual Action Plan setting out the key actions it intends to deliver on in this coming year.

BFRS’s draft Budget for 2020/21 includes a proposed increase in funding contribution from Council Tax by 1.99% (or an increase to £100.41 a year for a Band D property).

Chief Fire Officer, Paul M Fuller, said:

“Your feedback will be used to inform the final draft CRMP and 2020/21 Budget that are due to be presented for approval by the Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Authority (the governing body that oversees BFRS) in February 2020.

“May I thank you in anticipation of your survey response and please be assured that as your Chief Fire Officer, I am committed to doing everything we can to keep our communities safe in Bedfordshire and to keep improving your Fire and Rescue Service.”

BFRS want your views on 3 key areas:

  • Its Annual Action Plan for 2020/21 (Appendix 1)
  • Its revised Service Values (Appendix 2)
  • Its Budget/Council Tax proposals for 2020/21

The closing date is 31 January 2020.

Feedback from the consultation will be used to inform the Service’s future plans and budgets. You can take part in the consultation here.