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KMFRA Safety and Wellbeing Plan

November 7, 2017 1:11 PM

Fire ExtinguisherThe Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Authority (KMFRA) has published its Safety and Wellbeing Plan for 2018 and is consulting the public on the plan and Council Tax for 2018/19.

The plan outlines the work of Kent Fire and Rescue Service and what it aims to achieve over the coming year. Prevention remains a top priority for the Service. This includes continuing to provide fire safety and other advice, such as how to stay warm in the winter, to the most vulnerable in the county such as frail elderly people and those with disabilities. They are also looking to provide extra support to those living in sheltered accommodation through advice to the elderly residents and those managing the buildings.

Alongside the plan KMFRA is consulting on the level of Council Tax for next year. As a result of a planned approach the Authority has managed to make the necessary savings, whilst still maintaining good emergency cover across the county, investment in frontline services and new technology to help crews fight fires more effectively.

The 2018/19 Council Tax options being consulted on are:

  • Option one - a 0% increase;

  • Option two - an increase of just under 2% for a Band D household - that is an increase of less than 3p a week per household. This option would allow the Authority to continue with its plan to deliver an efficient and effective service to local people whilst being able to make planned efficiency savings in a way that would have least impact on service delivery;
  • Option three - an increase of over 2%, if there is flexibility to do so within the referendum limit (the Government has not yet confirmed if it will limit the amount by which local authorities can increase Council Tax without a costly referendum - last year it was 2%). Each 1% increase amounts to around 1p a week for a band D household.

Consultation details

The draft documents were agreed by the KMFRA on 18 October 2017

The consultation survey will be on the KFRS website from 23 October 2017 to 15 January 2018 www.kent.fire-uk.org, where you will be able to read the report and fill in the survey

For a paper copy of the report and survey please contact us and ask for the Safety and Wellbeing consultation papers and give us your name and address.

Once the consultation closes, the KMFRA will review the consultation findings and the Plan at its Authority meeting in February 2018, when it will also agree Council Tax for the coming year.