Calderdale tax payers asked for £5 more a year to pay for fire service

Halifax Fire Station, King Cross, Halifax
Halifax Fire Station, King Cross, Halifax

Tax payers could be asked for £5 more a year to pay for West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Chief Fire Officer Simon Pilling is recommending that the area’s fire authority agrees to increase the charge following a precept freeze for the past two years.

The increase would be less than 10p a week for people living in Calderdale.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority says it balanced its books last year largely by not recruiting and by accepting a one-off Government grant of £1m.

Mr Pilling said; “The authority faces a budget deficit of £5.9m in the current financial year which is forecast to increase to £27m by 2017-18.

“Following two extensive consultation exercises, the authority has approved wide-ranging changes to the service that will meet significant revenue shortfalls, but we will have no choice but to consider further efficiencies if funding streams are frozen for a third year.”

Currently the average cost to tax paters is less than £1 a week - the second lowest precept in the country.