Devon and Somerset fire service agrees to increase in council tax for 2013/14
Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Authority has approved a 1.99% rise in its portion of council tax.
The average Band D household will now pay £75.39 instead of £73.92.
The decision comes after Devon & Somerset received the third worst grant settlement nationally from the Government among fire and rescue authorities.
The Authority’s Government grant has been reduced by 10.3% in 2013 and a further 7.3% in 2014, which means the Service will lose £3.4m in the next financial year and a further £2.1m the following year.
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Cllr Mark Healey, Chairman of the Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Authority, said: “We have the highest number of fire stations and fire engines in the country outside London but receive far less funding than many other authorities.
“The rural nature of a large part of our region has to be taken into account and we will be asking the Government to look at this issue as a matter of urgency.”