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Budget and Council Tax Consultation 2019-20

This survey has now closed. Thank you for taking part. 

We’re consulting Berkshire residents and staff on our funding through council tax for the next financial year.

Please click here to complete the online survey

We think Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service provides excellent value to the residents of Berkshire. The average band D householder pays just £65 per year. Therefore, we think a small increase of £1.92 per year remains excellent value for money. You can read more about our budget in a letter from Councillor Colin Dudley, Chairman of Royal Berkshire Fire Authority

Where your money is spent

1. We educate people on how to prevent fires and other emergencies, and what to do when they happen.

2. We ensure appropriate fire safety standards in buildings. 

3. We ensure a swift and effective response when called to emergencies.

Help us plan for the future

We are determined to continue to provide a safe and efficient service, whilst balancing changing local needs and working with reducing grant funding from central Government. We believe that the plans we have put in place over the last few years have provided a good foundation to meet that challenge.

In order for us to carry out those plans, Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue is asking for an increase of 2.99% in Council Tax. That is an increase of just 3.7p a week for a household living in a band D property, which totals an annual increase of £1.92 for the coming year, taking the total Band D Tax for Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service to £66.28 a year.

Have your say

We are also encouraging anyone that lives, works or travels in Berkshire to have your say in our survey, which is available until 5pm on 20 February 2019. 

Further information can be found in our Corporate Plan and Integrated Risk Management Plan 2019 -2023, which was approved by Fire Authority Members in November 2018. 

If you have any questions, or wish to submit comments, please email