Just 2p extra a week – that’s what most Council Tax payers in the West Midlands will pay for their fire service in 2017/18.
At today’s (20 Feb) full meeting of West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority (WMFRA), members approved a budget which means the fire service part of Band D Council Tax bills will go up by £1.11 for the year (1.99%) to £57.14.
In 2017/18, WMFRA will get £54.7m from the Government and will raise £39.4m via Council Tax.
The budget will help West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) continue to deliver its wide-ranging services of prevention, protection and response to make its communities safer, stronger and healthier.
WMFS remains committed to its average five-minute attendance time for more serious incidents.
Councillor John Edwards, Chair of WMFRA, said: “Our recent survey of almost 6,000 people across the West Midlands confirmed that our response time to life-threatening incidents, currently running at 4 minutes 42 seconds, is highly valued by everyone.
“We intend to maintain this in the face of unprecedented Government cuts to our budget of £38 million, but we need to raise our share of Council Tax by two pence a week to do so.
“West Midlands Fire Service is still low on cost and high on excellence thanks to the dedication of all our staff. Working with our local councils, we will continue to make the West Midlands safer, stronger and healthier.”