Fire Authority raises Council Tax precept

Chief Fire Officer Jamie Courtney

Chief Fire Officer Jamie Courtney

South Yorkshire Fire Authority has agreed to increase its Council Tax precept by 1.98 per cent next year.

The increase, which is under the 2 per cent figure that would have required a referendum across the county, will mean a rise of £1.24 a year for people in Band D homes.

Fire chiefs say the extra revenue will help the fire service protect local communities despite huge reductions in Government funding. But they say the scale of the cuts mean changes to frontline services remain inevitable.

 

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