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Budget, Savings and Efficiency

Welcome to the budget, savings and efficiency section of our website.  The areas below cover the Fire and Rescue Authority's (FRA) budget process, our savings and efficiency plan, the use of reserves, budget monitoring, collaboration, flexible working arrangements and performance information. 

The Fire and Rescue Authority has produced a Council Tax Leaflet for 2020/21 showing where our income comes from and where it will be spent.

More detailed information about our financial strategy, revenue and capital spending plans, efficiency savings and collaborative working are available in the Budget Book for the respective year or by clicking on the links below.

Financial Planning

Budget Book 2020/21 to 2023/24

Budget Book 2019/20 to 2022/23

Budget Book 2018/19 to 2021/22

Monitoring Our Spending

Budget Monitoring Reports

Procurement and Purchasing

Monthly Financial Reports

Purchase Orders Over £5,000

Quarterly Procurement Card Transactions

Performance

Notice of Certification of Completion of the Audit of Accounts 2017-18

Statement of Accounts 2017-18

Notice of Certification of Completion of the Audit of Accounts 2016-17

Statement of Accounts 2016-17

Budget

The link below takes you to details of our 2020/21 revenue budget and capital programme.  Our budget aligns with the service provision identified in our Community Risk Management Plan (CRMP) which is updated annually based on our Annual Strategic Assessment.

Our 2018/19 budget setting report was approved by the Fire and Rescue Authority on 8 February 2018. Attached to the report was our Medium Term Financial Plan (MTFP) for the years 2020/21 to 2023/24.

Savings and Efficiency Plan 2020/21 - 2023/24

The Savings and Efficiencies Plan identifies areas where the Service will be reducing expenditure in order to maintain a balanced budget whilst facing reduced funding levels. The Savings and Efficiencies Plans for the Authority are agreed as part of the Annual Budget setting process and details can be found in the respective year's budget books contained in the links above. 

Use of Reserves

The FRA has been setting aside earmarked reserves for budget setting purposes since 2011/12.  This has and will enable the considered introduction of savings and efficiencies over the medium term when financial constraints become clearer.  These earmarked reserves will be utilised over the medium term and this is detailed at the foot of the Medium Term Revenue Plan in the respective years budget book contained within the links above. 

Collaboration

We work closely with Bedfordshire Police and the East of England Ambulance Service Trust to improve our efficiency and save money. Find out more about our collaboration.

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