Dorset

Dorset Fire Authority freezes council tax

Dorset Fire Authority is to freeze the fire service element of the council tax after accepting a one-off grant.

The government grant, estimated to be worth £535,000, means Band D households will continue to pay £60.39 to the authority for the year.

Chairman Rebecca Knox said raising council tax by less than 4p per week would have raised more than the grant.

She added: "We now have an awful lot to consider in terms of a recovery plan for the years ahead."

Chief fire officer Darran Gunter said: "Although we are able to continue with the service we provide for now, we will have some very difficult decisions to make in the future.

"Dorset remains one of the highest performing, lowest spending and poorest-funded fire and rescue services in the country and yet we still deliver an enviable service which we are all rightly proud of.

"While the average fire authority in England was charging £67.70 per household, per year, and the most expensive £87.84, Dorset was charging £60.39, making us one of the lowest out of 24 combined fire authorities in England."

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