Fire service agrees to tax rise for 2020-21

Fire service agrees to tax rise for 2020-21

Published by George Sharpe at 3:46pm 13th February 2020.

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue have agreed to increase their portion of the Council Tax precept from April.

For average households in Dorset, it will mean an increase of less than 3p per week.

The fire precept on the council tax, for Band D properties in the county, will cost £76.36 for the year, from the 1st April 2020.

This is a £1.49 increase from 2019-20. 

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue

It will help pay for more on-call firefighters, as well as maintain Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service's "commitment to prevention and protection activities".

Cllr Rebecca Knox, Chair of Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Authority, added: 

"Our Fire and Rescue Service delivers so much to our local communities - people are very aware of the 24/7 emergency response, but there is also a wealth of education, prevention and protection work being carried out every single day to help people to stay safe. The decisions made today by Members continue our commitment to maintaining this excellent service to local people."

At a meeting, the Authority approved a budget of just over £57 million for the coming year. 

They'll receive an extra £229,000 on the previous year thanks to the tax increase and their grant funding. 

It's after Dorset Police also agreed to up it's precept by £10 more per year, the maximum it's allowed to.