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Fire Services: Finance

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what factors were taken into account in determining the 2008-09 North Yorkshire fire and rescue provisional budgetary settlement. (178015)

[holding answer 14 January 2008]: The distribution of formula grant takes into account the relative needs and potential to raise income locally (resources) of an authority, relative to all other authorities providing the same service. It also contains a central allocation and a floor damping mechanism.

For North Yorkshire fire and rescue the needs component is measured through the Fire and Rescue Relative Needs Formula (RNF) and the Capital Finance RNF. The Fire and Rescue RNF takes into account the resident population, coastline, deprivation, high risk sites, property and societal risk and community fire safety. The capital finance RNF takes into account assumed outstanding debt and supported capital expenditure (revenue).

The resources element uses a measure of the council tax base (number of Band D equivalent properties).

From the proposals for the 2008-09 settlement announced on the 6 December, North Yorkshire will also benefit by £1.71 million from the floor damping mechanism. This will ensure that they receive a 1 per cent. increase in grant on a like for like basis.