Fire and rescue services facing 'tough' financial challenges.(News)

The provisional Fire and Rescue Service grant settlement covering the next three years represents an extremely tough one for fire and rescue services, according to CFOA, with the average grant increase being below the Treasury's own expectations for inflation.

The provisional settlement, announced by DCLG, means that in total 58 per cent of fire and rescue authorities will receive increases below inflation and a quarter of the services' grant is at the lowest level set by government. In these cases the grant will fall 4.5 per cent behind inflation.

Outlined in FRS Circular 58/07 is an efficiency target of 110m [pounds sterling] equivalent to 1.6 per cent per annum) over the three CSR07 years that has been set for the FRS. …

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