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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 2024, the Authority approved a total net budget requirement of £73.92m to run Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service for the year 2024-25:

  2023-24 2024-25
Employee costs £53.85m £60.22m
Premises £4.39m £4.59m
Transport £1.66m £1.55m
Supplies and services £5.90m £6.18m
Agency and contracted out services £2.93m £3.11m
Capital financing/leasing £4.31m £5.11m
Spending on services £73.04m £80.76m
Income/Reserves -£7.05m -£6.84m
Amount to be financed £65.99m £73.92m

This is funded as shown below:

  2023-24 2024-25
Fire precepts £48.35m £50.00m
Revenue Support Grant £4.40m £7.40m
Business Rates/Top-up Grant £10.56m £14.73m
Other grants £2.68m £1.79m
Total financing £65.99m £73.92m

How our budget requirement has changed:

Budget Requirement in 2023-24 £65.99m
One off items in 2023-24 budget -£0.29m
Pay and price inflation £4.35m
Ill-health pension costs £0.10m
Home Office pension grant moved to Core Funding £2.70m
Business rates revaluation £0.15m
Capital financing costs £0.92m
Budget Requirement in 2024-25 £73.92m

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 2024-25 is as follows:

Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Band F Band G Band H
£57.97 £67.63 £77.29 £86.95 £106.27 £125.59 £144.92 £173.90

Spending on major capital projects:

The Authority’s capital programme for 2024-25 totals £14m. This includes planned spending of £8m on maintaining our fire stations and other buildings, as well as developing new training facilities in Devizes and Weymouth; £3.6m on replacement vehicles and associated equipment; and £2.4m on new or replacement ICT equipment, information systems and a new mobilising system.

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