Finance

As well as our Statement of Assurance and Annual Report, we publish a range of financial statements covering at least the last 2 years. Earlier documents are available on request.

Our Medium Term Financial Strategy and Efficiency Plan are key to delivering value for money over the next few years.

We also publish procurement information and details of payments in line with the Local Government Transparency Code 2015.

See all of our transparency information.

Efficiency Plan

Our Efficiency Plan sets out our detailed approach to making the savings needed to address the reduction in funding between April 2016 and March 2020.

By the end of 2017/18, we achieved savings of £6.215m. That’s £0.541m more than the target stated in the plan.

However, as we have to deal with grant funding reductions, significant inflation and pay awards, there is more to be done. Any additional savings beyond the total in the plan will help to address the increased future budget gap that has developed since the original plan was created.

Read the Efficiency Plan 2017-2018 to 2019-2020.

Reserves Policy

In line with National Framework requirements we have published our Reserves Policy, giving more transparency to stakeholders of the purpose and level of the reserves held by the Authority.

Reserves Policy 2018-19 to 2021-22

Statement of Accounts

The Statement of Accounts is produced at the end of the financial year as required by the accounts and audit regulations.

The deadline for publication of the draft accounts for each financial year is 31 May and 31 July for the final audited accounts, in accordance with these regulations.

Statement of Accounts 2017-2018

Annual Governance Statement

The Annual Governance Statement provides assurance that our business is carried out legally and to proper standards, and that public money is:

  • safeguarded
  • properly accounted for
  • used economically, efficiently and effectively

It became statutory to produce an Annual Governance Statement separate to the Statement of Accounts in 2016.

Annual Governance Statement 2017-2018

Narrative Statement

Local authorities in England are required by the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 to publish an annual Narrative Statement.

This statement explains our financial position and supports interpretation of the financial statements. It includes:

  • a commentary on the major influences affecting our income, expenditure and cash flow
  • information on our financial needs and resources
  • analysis of our development and performance in that financial year
  • financial and non-financial performance indicators

Narrative Statement 2017-2018

Revenue Budget and Capital Programme

The revenue and capital budgets are approved on an annual basis by the Fire Authority.

Revenue Budget 2018-2019

Capital Programme 2018-2019

Special service charges

We charge for special services provided to external organisations, individuals and companies in line with our scale of charges.

Read the Special Services Charges 2018-19