Our budget

Funding and spending explained


On the back of the global economic crisis, Local  Government as a whole finds itself with an unprecedented set of financial challenges that it must resolve over the remainder of the current comprehensive spending review period.

 The Government grant to Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire Authority was reduced by 9.5 per cent (£1.4m) for the financial year 2011/12.  The reduction for the forthcoming financial year is 3.08 per cent (£444k).  The fire service has assumed that the remainder of the reductions in grant funding, to the published figure of 25%, will be spread evenly over the remaining two financial years (2012/14 and 2014/15).

As part of the settlement, the Government set aside a specific grant for 2011/12 that can be used by fire authorities, to offset council tax increases of up to 2.5 per cent.  This grant was also available in 2012/13, however the Fire Authority sought the views of the public before making a decision not to accept the grant.  This is because in 2014/15 the grant will disappear presenting the Fire Authority with the challenge of finding an additional £400,000 from either within its reduced  budget or by raising council tax significantly within a one year period.



The Fire Authority has approved a budget of £29.81 million for 2012/13. This means a Band D council tax of £59.31. This equates to £1.14 a week

More detail on the Fire Authority's budget can be found in the council tax leaflets



Every year in January the Authority consults with its taxpayers on proposals for future year budgets.  For more information on this, please see the Fire Authority: Consultations section of this website.


How we are financed

Below is a chart showing where the monies we receive come from, with a key below it (amounts shown are in millions of pounds):


Council Tax: £16.583 or 53%. 
Government Grants:  £13.028 or 42%.
Other Income:  £1.713 or 5%.


How we spend

Below is a chart showing how we use the monies we receive, with a key below it (amounts shown are in millions of pounds):


Employees:  £22.642 or 72%.
Premises:  £1.321 or 4%.
Supplies and Services:  £4.575 or 15%.
Transport:  £0.652 or 2%.
Capital Financing:  £2.042 or 7%.


Capital Spending

The Fire Authority's Capital Programme includes:

  • The purchase of fire appliances and other operational vehicles
  • Property maintenance and improvements
  • Operational equipment
  • Information technology and communications equipment.


Related documents

Budget Books

The Budget Book provides a detailed break-down of the budget for the current financial year and shows how it will be funded.


Financial Strategy

The Financial Strategy provides a summary of what The Authority expects to spend over the next five years, based upon current funding estimates.


The Capital Strategy

The Capital Strategy provides an insight into the process of defining and agreeing capital expenditure.  It dovetails with the Procurement Strategy and Asset Management Plan.


Contacting us

If you need more information about the Fire Authority budget, please contact the Fire Authority Treasurer at:

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service
Fire Headquarters
Hinchingbrooke Cottage
Brampton Road
PE29 2NA

Telephone: 01480 444619.

Email:  budget@cambsfire.gov.uk