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Council tax information 2018-2019

 

Our vision is to make Staffordshire the safest place to be

We continue to be an efficient and low cost service with an average running cost of around £35 per head. We have already implemented £2.2m of savings against our four year published Efficiency Plan, and with a further reduction in funding from government of £1.0 million an increase of four pence per week (for the average Band D household) in Council Tax has been agreed. We are confident that the increase will ensure that the safety of our residents and firefighters is not compromised and our journey towards our vision can progress.

The money is channelled into delivering our three priorities; education and engagement, community safety and wellbeing, and planning resilience and response. Underpinning all of these priorities is a commitment to collaborate with other organisations where there is an opportunity to provide a better or more efficient service to our communities.

Education and engagement

Children and young people

We’ll be putting 250 young people through their paces with our Cadets+ and Prince’s Trust schemes which will give participants skills for life. We’ll also be delivering an effective school engagement programme to teach children about fire safety, road safety and other risks they may come across.

Community facilities

We’ll seek out more opportunities to educate and engage the visitors to our stations who use our extremely popular community facilities as well as those groups that we interact with.

Digital technologies

We’ll be increasing our use of digital technologies as another means of communicating with our communities.

Community safety and wellbeing

Identifying those at risk

We know that communities change so it’s important for us to regularly review the people most at risk who are in need of our services.

Safe and Well

Our Safe and Well programme has become more in depth, offering residents advice, information and support in order to stay as safe as possible in the home. We’ll deliver a more targeted approach to these visits, ensuring they are prioritised to those who need them the most. This year we aim to deliver in the region of 25,000 Safe and Well visits.

Sprinklers

We’ll be continuing to roll out our sprinkler programme which has an aim of fitting automatic fire sprinklers in all of the residential buildings in our county with five or more storeys. This will increase the level of safety for residents and our firefighters responding to emergencies in these buildings.

Planning, resilience and response

Vehicles

We’re investing in 11 new fire engines which will be placed at stations across the county. We’re also purchasing machinery which will assist us greatly at waste fires, which are increasingly becoming a problem for us, as well as at other large incidents.

Firefighters

We’re recruiting 20 new firefighters and in the autumn they will be put through a 15 week training course before they are assigned to stations across the county. They will then be supported through an apprenticeship over a three year period.

Equipment

We’ll be introducing new equipment such as body worn cameras, new rescue tools and radios to ensure our firefighters are best equipped to safely deal with a range of incidents.

Council Tax Band Information

The table below shows the annual contribution from your council tax to the fire and rescue service depending on the property band classification.

 

2018/19

Increase

Band

£

£

A

49.02

1.31

B

57.19

1.53

C

65.36

1.75

D

73.53

1.97

E

89.87

2.41

F

106.21

2.85

G

122.55

3.28

H

147.06

3.94