Council tax bills to rise further to fund fire service in face of Government cuts

PUBLISHED: 16:50 25 February 2018

Cllr Don Davies believes the poorest will be penalised by the change.

Cllr Don Davies believes the poorest will be penalised by the change.

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Homeowners will pay an extra £2 next year to the fire service to compensate for a drop in its funding.

Avon Fire & Rescue Service’s fire authority agreed on Friday to raise its council tax precept by three per cent.

For the average band D property, it will mean a rise of £2.07 per year to £71.35.

The move comes as Government funding drops seven per cent and the service looks to make £1.7million savings.

Cllr Donald Davies, the fire authority’s chairman, said a decision to increase bills had not been taken lightly.

He said: “Officers were very clear the risk of not adding just over 4p a week to the average council tax payer would impact directly on frontline services.

“We know how much people value the services provided by Avon Fire and the view of the authority was that most would consider a modest real-terms increase as a price worth paying.

“Despite this year’s increase our precept continues to be among the lowest in the country.”

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