BFRS council tax frozen for fourth year

Wed 19 Feb, 2014

The coming year’s council tax to pay for Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service is to remain at this year’s level. Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire Authority voted unanimously to freeze its portion of council tax at today's meeting.

The band D charge for the financial year starting on 1 April will remain at £59.13, or about £1.14 a week. It has not changed since 2010.

Members set a budget for 2014/15 of £28,828,000, which is about £160,000 less than the current year’s. They accepted a grant payment of £178,000 from the Government in lieu of a council tax rise.

About 4p from every £1 of council tax paid in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes goes to Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service. The rest goes towards the cost of services provided by councils and the police.

Council tax bills in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes, which will be sent out next month, will include the following totals per home to pay for Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service in 2014/15 (figures also show the number of homes in each band):

  • Band A, 20,635 homes, £39.42
  • Band B, 50,353 homes, £45.99
  • Band C, 73,230 homes, £52.56
  • Band D, 52,605 homes, £59.13
  • Band E, 42,317 homes, £72.27
  • Band F, 30,685 homes, £85.41
  • Band G, 30,444 homes, £98.55
  • Band H, 5,153 homes, £118.26