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Posted - 27/01/2009 : 10:51:24
| Gwent Councils To Pay £28m For Fire Fund
Source - South Wales Argus
Gwent councils are set to contribute almost £28 million to South Wales Fire and Rescue Authority in the next financial year.
In total, the local authorities of Caerphilly, Blaenau Gwent, Torfaen, Monmouthshire and Newport have been asked to provide funding to the tune of £27,788,715.
The fire service's budget for 2009/10 is set to be £71,773,812, with the 10 local authorities in its area asked to contribute £70,832,717. The other £941,095 will come from a reserve fund.
All 10 local authorities in the fire service area- including Cardiff and Merthyr Tydfil- must contribute.
Following the South Wales Fire Services (Combination Scheme) Order 1995, it must submit to each constituent authority estimates of its net expenses for each financial year. It must then give notice of each authority’s contribution before February 15.
Fire authority members and constituent council representatives were consulted on the 2009/10 figure, which represent a 1.5% increase on last year.
For 2008/09, Gwent councils paid £27,458,839 which is £329,876 less than they are being asked to contribute for 2009/10.
Monmouthshire has the biggest percentage increase from the last financial year.
Its contribution of £4,372,818 will be a 1.43% increase on the £4,311,338 it paid for 2008/09. Caerphilly is the highest contributing Gwent authority, asked to pay £8,517,576 for 2009/10.
Contributions are based on population levels, with the 171,800 residents in Caerphilly making it the largest Gwent authority.
A consultation meeting took place on January 15 with treasurers and five constituent councils represented.
In a report following this, treasurer Steve Greenslade said contribution requests have taken into account financial issues facing local authorities.
He said: “It was apparent that all authorities were facing extreme difficulty in producing balanced budgets for 2009/10 but there was also a recognition that the proposals of the Fire Authority were both reasonable and sensitive to their financial position.”
The fire authority’s budget for 2009/10 will be discussed at its meeting today (Monday). A report recommends agreeing the revenue budget and contributions levels.