2021/2022 Budget and Council Tax

2021/22 Government Funding for Cleveland Fire Authority (CFA) will be £29,000 higher than in 2020/21 – an increase of 0.23% – which is less than inflation.  As a result of reductions in Government funding in previous years the amount of Government funding to be received in 2021/22 is £6.077m less than it was in 2013/14 – a reduction of 32%.

Grant Cut 2013/14 to 2021/22 £6.077m – a cut of 32%.

As a result of reductions in Government funding in previous years we made significant changes to modernise services and achieve efficiencies.  

After reflecting small increase in Government funding and a Council Tax increase of 1.9% – which raises an additional £234,000 – we will be using reserves of £336,000 to balance the 2021/22 budget.  We recognise using reserves is not sustainable and during 2021/22 we will be working to develop a sustainable budget which will reflect our updated Integrated Risk Management Plan.

The proportion of the budget funded from Council Tax in 2021/22 is 45%, compared to 32% in 2013/14.

The table below shows the amount payable depending on the banding of your property.  Approximately 63% of households in our area in Band A or B.

Property BandCFA Charge
2020/21 (£)
CFA Charge
2021/22 (£)
Weekly Costs
2021/22 (£)
F113.87116.03 2.23
Where each £1.00 comes from:
£0.45 Council Tax
£0.01 Contribution from Reserves
£0.46 Government Funding
£0.08 Business Rates Income
Where each £1.00 is spent:
£0.27 Management & Support Services
£0.01 Corporate Expenses
£0.17 Community Fire Safety
£0.55 Firefighting & Rescue

Independent Inspection Result – Her Majesty’s Inspectorate for Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) looked at how effectively and efficiently the service prevents fires, protects the public and responds to all emergencies. In all these three key areas of efficiency, effectiveness and people – the Brigade has been rated as GOOD.

HM Inspector of Fire and Rescue Services Phil Gormley said: “I am pleased to report that Cleveland Fire Brigade performed well in each of the main areas of our inspection.  This is also impressive given that the brigade has faced some of the largest cuts to its government funding. This is an excellent performance from the brigade – the people of Cleveland can be confident that they are being well-served.”