Council tax contribution for Humberside Fire and Rescue frozen

There will be no increase this year to the amount people are asked to pay in their council tax towards the running costs of Humberside Fire and Rescue Service. It is the fourth successive year the tax has been frozen and comes despite a reduction in income from the Government's grant funding.

Humberside Fire Authority made the decision at a meeting which was told how £5m of annual savings have already been put in place with further changes expected to save an extra £2.5m per year. The Government has reduced its contribution to the service by 27% over five years.

Officers have been planning for the current financial situation since 2009 and have implemented efficiency changes early enough to cope with the grant reductions without compulsory redundancies. The Fire Authority's priority would always be to provide an excellent service to the community and ensure the safety of firefighters. We are very proud of the service we provide to our communities and I am pleased that we have been able to do that without increasing the cost to hard-pressed council tax payers again this year.

– Cllr John Briggs, Chairman of the Humberside Fire Authority.