Council tax stays level for firefighters

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FIREFIGHTERS have been told the authority’s council tax contribution has been frozen despite a £1 million drop in government funding.

Cuts are being made to back-room functions and management with 17 posts going. However, none will be made to emergency response provisions.

Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Fire Authority voted unanimously for the proposal at a meeting last Wednesday.

The band D charge for the financial year, starting on April 1, will stay at £59.13 which is around £1.14 per week.

Chief Fire Officer, Mark Jones, said: “Obviously the reduction in grant from the government and our desire to minimise the effect upon taxpayers has created a need for us to make cuts.

“We have confined these cuts to back-room functions and management to maintain our emergency response provisions.

“I am grateful to the MPs of Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes, who have shown support for the authority’s funding position. Their keen interest and support is a real boost.”