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What we spend

It is a requirement for Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Authority to set a level of revenue budget and council tax before the start of the forthcoming financial year. At its budget setting meeting on 8 February 2023, the Authority approved a total net budget requirement of £65.99m to run Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service for the year 2023-24:

2022-23 2023-24
Employee costs £51.55m £53.85m
Premises £3.78m £4.39m
Transport £1.40m £1.66m
Supplies and services £5.47m £5.90m
Agency and contracted out services £2.48m £2.93m
Capital financing/leasing £4.01m £4.31m
Spending on services £68.69m £73.04m
Income/Reserves -£7.64m -£7.05m
Amount to be financed £61.05m £65.99m

This is funded as shown below:

2022-23 2023-24
Fire precepts £44.84m £48.35m
Revenue Support Grant £4.00m £4.40m
Business Rates/Top-up Grant £10.19m £10.85m
Other grants £2.02m £2.39m
Total financing £61.05m £65.99m

How our budget requirement has changed:

Budget Requirement in 2022-23 £61.05m
One off items in 2022-23 budget -£0.15m
Pay and price inflation £4.95m
Investment in fire safety resources £0.58m
Savings from other restructuring -£1.28m
Business rates revaluation £0.17m
Capital financing costs £0.36m
Other net changes £0.31m
Budget Requirement in 2023-24 £65.99m

Fire precept bands

Residents pay for their Fire & Rescue Service as part of their council tax bill, and the fire precept element of the bill for a Band D property in 2023-24 is as follows:

Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Band F Band G Band H
£56.29 £65.67 £75.05 £84.43 £103.19 £121.95 £140.72 £168.86

Spending on major capital projects:

The Authority’s capital programme for 2023-24 totals £7.1m. This includes planned spending of £1.7m on maintaining our fire stations and other buildings, as well as developing new training facilities in Devizes and Weymouth; £4.5m on replacement vehicles and associated equipment; and £0.9m on new or replacement ICT equipment and information systems.

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