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Staffordshire's fire authority freezes council tax precept

  • 2-15-2012

Staffordshire's fire authority has said it will not increase its portion of the council tax despite needing to make cuts of £4m by 2015.

Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Authority said it would instead receive a government grant of 3% for 2012/13.

This means Band D households will continue to pay £67.64 to the authority for the year.

An authority spokesman said it would continue to offer "value for money".

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford said two-thirds of savings had been identified through "more efficient ways of working".

He added: "Importantly the savings we have identified ensure that community and firefighter safety is maintained."

Staffordshire's revenue budget for 2012/13 is £43.4m and includes council tax contributions totalling £24.5m as well as a government grant of £18.9m.

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