Precept for fire service is frozen



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COUNCILLORS have voted to freeze the precept charged for fire and rescue services in West Yorkshire for a second year.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority says it plans to balance its books by continuing not to recruit and accepting a Government grant of £1m.

But there are warnings that big changes will still need to be made. Chairman Councillor David Ridgeway said: “The grant effectively buys us time to complete work on a fundamental re-structuring of frontline and support services which should begin this spring.” Chief Fire Officer Simon Pilling said 150 posts had been shed through retirements and voluntary severance but the review was likely to lead to more.