Fire precept

North Yorkshire’s Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner is responsible for setting the local fire ‘precept’ – the amount people pay through their council tax for fire and rescue services.

Introduction from Commissioner Zoë

As your Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, my role is to be your voice in holding the police and fire services to account. My aim is to ensure they are effective and efficient, meeting the needs of your community.

My role also includes the commissioning of services to; help victims of crime cope and recover, address violence against women and girls, rehabilitate offenders, to name a few.

By law I am required to set the police and fire precepts – the amounts dedicated to policing and fire and rescue services in North Yorkshire and York from every household.

Following careful consideration of public feedback, I have set the precepts for our police and fire services.

These are difficult times for families and individuals so I have tried to balance the pressures on household finances with the need to continue to ensure we give North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue the resources to keep us safe and feeling safe.

2023/2024 fire precept

  • The Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner has set the Band D Fire Element of the Council Tax within North Yorkshire for 2022/23 at £80.61.
  • This is an increase of 6.6% or £5.00 per year over the 2022/23 level.

Your contribution through your council tax 2023/24

Property band 2022/2023 2023/2024 Increase per year Increase per week
A  £     50.41  £     53.74  £    3.33  £  0.06
B  £     58.81  £     62.70  £    3.89  £  0.07
C  £     67.21  £     71.65  £    4.44  £  0.09
D  £     75.61  £     80.61  £    5.00  £  0.10
E  £     92.41  £     98.52  £    6.11  £  0.12
F  £   109.21  £   116.44  £    7.23  £  0.14
G  £   126.02  £   134.35  £    8.33  £  0.16
H  £   151.22  £   161.22  £  10.00  £  0.19

Income and expenditure

Funding for the fire service

Fire – Funding 2022/23 2023/24
Funding from Government £8.8m £9.5m
Council tax precept – your contribution £23.4m £25.2m
Specific grants £4.6m £4.8m
Fees, Charges and Partnerships £0.6m £0.7m
Use of Reserves £0.8m £1.2m
Total funding £38.2m £41.4m

Fire budget breakdown

Fire – Budget 2022/23 2022/23
Firefighter pay £22.6m £24.0m
Control and support staff £4.7m £5.4m
Supplies and Services £3.8m £3.9m
Premises and equipment £2.1m £2.4m
Private Finance Initiative £1.6m £1.7m
Transport £0.9m £1.0m
Capital financial charges £1.7m £2.1m
Other costs £0.8m £0.9m
Total spending plan £38.2m £41.4m

How your money will be spent

Your precept will contribute towards:

  • Investment in specialist roles to improve prevention and protection activity.
  • Investment in fire stations to ensure they are accessible to a diverse workforce and the public.
  • 16 new fire engines, 12 for delivery in 2023/24 and 4 in 2024/25.
  • Upgrading all breathing apparatus sets to improve fire fighter safety.
  • Increasing costs of gas, electricity, fuel, insurance, and other services linked to the cost of living increase.

Precept leaflet

Precept leaflet - front cover - Introductory text and image of Commissioner Zoe. Text reproduced on this page

Printing error in the precept leaflet delivered with your council tax bill

We apologise for the printing error which appeared in the precept leaflet, delivered with your council tax bill.

In the “Police information” table outlining “Your contribution” the contribution for a Band D property in 2022/23 should read £281.06.

The information on this page is correct.

Correspondence with the Police Fire and Crime Panel

Fire precept consultation results and proposal: