Humberside Fire & Rescue consult public on precept level

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service are inviting the public to have their say on what the council tax precept should be next year.

The aim of the consultation is to gain an understanding as to the public’s preferred level of the precept: 1.9% or no increase.

The proposed increase could cover the annual running costs of an average two-engine fire station.

Humberside Fire Authority provides a fire and rescue service to the communities of Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, North and North East Lincolnshire; a population of more than 900,000 people.

As with most public sector organisations, Humberside Fire Authority is facing significant financial challenges over the next few years and it must continue to work hard to ensure that it can continue to deliver a high level of service at a lower cost.

There are two main sources of funding that the Authority relies on to deliver its services to the community. The precept, which is the element of council tax raised locally, and grant funding from central government.

The final precept recommendation will be considered by Humberside Fire Authority in February 2017.