Small precept rise approved by Fire Authority

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority today agreed a minor precept increase of 1.99%. This equates to an increase in council tax of 2.5p per week or £1.31 per annum for a Band ‘D’ property.

West Yorkshire charges the fourth lowest Fire Authority precept in England.

Despite the difficulties that the year has brought, the Service has continued to offer a first class emergency provision for the people of West Yorkshire.

Our firefighters and support staff have risen to the challenge and have been ready, willing and able to offer their help to communities and adapt their ways of working so we can all remain safe.

Inspectors from HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) recently rated the Service good in all 11 categories they examined.

This included good ratings in the following areas:

  • effectively keeping people safe and secure from fire and other risks;
  • efficiently managing resources; and
  • looking after its people.
Portrait photograph of John Roberts.

Chief Fire Officer John Roberts said: “The Service has coped well with the demands of the pandemic and has continued to offer a fantastic provision.

“Although we have had to adapt our ways of working, we have stepped up to support communities and our partners in any way we can, whilst still maintaining a frontline response to emergencies. Our Service has been rated good in all areas by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate and we are proud to offer great value for money.

“Despite the small increase we are still among the lowest costing fire and rescue services per head of population in the country.”

Chair of WYFRA, Councillor Darren O’Donovan added: “The small rise enables us to fund important parts of the Fire and Rescue Service that once the Government provided funding for but no longer does.

“Our grant from Central Government has been reduced by around £26m since 2010. Funding has decreased significantly over recent years, however we are committed to continuing to provide the public of West Yorkshire with the high level of service they currently receive.”

Portrait photograph of Councillor Darren O'Donovan.