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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

Medium Term Financial Strategy 2019/20 to 2022/23

Medium Term Financial Strategy 2018/19 to 2021/22

Medium Term Saving and Efficiency Plan

Medium Term Revenue Plan 2018/19 to 2021/22

Capital Programme 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


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


The links below takes you details of our 2018/19 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 2017/18 to 2020/21.

2018/2019 Revenue Budget and Capital Programme

Also attached to the 2016/17 and 2017/18 budget reports are key documents such as the Medium Term Revenue Plan, Savings and Efficiencies plan and the Medium Term Financial Strategy including the use of reserves.

Savings and Efficiency Plan 2018/19 - 2021/2

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 Efficiency Plan for 2018/19 to 2021/22 was agreed at the FRA Meeting on 8 February 2018 as part of the 2018-19 Revenue Budget and Capital Programme Report.

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 totalling £5.116m will be utilised over the medium term and this is detailed at the foot of Appendix 1 in the Revenue Budget and Capital Programme Reports above. 


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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