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Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Consultation Budget and Action Plan is launched

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (BFRS) has launched a consultation on its proposals for Service delivery and its Budget and Council Tax requirements for 2022/23.

BFRS is engaging with the local community to seek views on its priorities and proposals to increase contributions to its funding from council tax. You can view the full consultation document here.

You can take part in the consultation here.

Our Community Risk Management Plan (CRMP) which you can view here sets out how we propose to focus our efforts on delivering next year. The Fire and Rescue Authority is currently considering a council tax increase of 1.99%, increasing the Band D charge to £104.45 per annum or an increase for a Band D property of £2.04 per year or just under 4 pence per week.

We would like your views on whether this increase is reasonable or not. We would also like to hear any ideas you have for future savings and proposals.

Chief Fire Officer Andrew Hopkinson said: “Your feedback will be used to inform the 2022/23 plans and Budget that is due to be presented for approval by the Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Authority (the governing body that oversees BFRS) in February 2022.

“I’d like to thank you in anticipation of your survey response and please be assured that as your Chief Fire Officer, I am committed to doing everything we can to keep our communities safe in Bedfordshire and to keep improving your Fire and Rescue Service.”

The closing date for the consultation is the 31 January 2022. Once the consultation is closed we will share the outcome with you.

If you would like a printed copy of the document please contact us here.