Wiltshire

Wiltshire and Swindon fire service freeze precept

Wiltshire and Swindon Fire Authority has agreed to freeze its share of the 2011/12 council tax increase in exchange for a government grant.

The authority, which administers the county's fire and rescue service, set its budget for the next financial year at £24.88m at a meeting.

It means the average Band D household will continue to pay £62.38 per year for the service.

In return the authority will receive £392,000 - equivalent to a 2.5% rise.

This grant will be paid in each year of the four-year spending review period but does not bind the authority to freezing its precept beyond 2011/12.

The authority has a statutory duty to provide financial and other resources necessary to run an efficient fire and rescue service.

It consists of 13 members, nine appointed by Wiltshire Council and four from Swindon Borough Council.

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