Stoke & Staffordshire

Staffordshire's fire authority freezes council tax precept

Peter Dartford
Image caption Peter Dartford, Staffordshire's chief fire officer, said savings have been identified

Staffordshire's fire authority has said it will not increase its portion of the council tax despite needing to make cuts of £4m by 2015.

Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Authority said it would instead receive a government grant of 3% for 2012/13.

This means Band D households will continue to pay £67.64 to the authority for the year.

An authority spokesman said it would continue to offer "value for money".

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford said two-thirds of savings had been identified through "more efficient ways of working".

He added: "Importantly the savings we have identified ensure that community and firefighter safety is maintained."

Staffordshire's revenue budget for 2012/13 is £43.4m and includes council tax contributions totalling £24.5m as well as a government grant of £18.9m.

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