Council tax consultation

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A consultation on a council tax rise has been launched by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire Authority.

It wants to know if residents would be happy to pay an extra £1.29 a year for their fire service in 2016/17 (based on a Band D property).

The consultation follows news that the fire service faces further cuts of up to £3.9 million over the next four years.

Chairman of the Fire Authority, Sir Peter Brown, said £4.2 million had already been saved over the last four years. He said: “We have identified savings already of £650k but that leaves us with a shortfall of £570k to find this coming year.”

He added: “We are doing a lot of work with staff to identify where savings can be made over the next four years, including looking at if we can reduce the number of senior officers, and we will soon start to develop business cases for some of the suggestions.

“We are already one of the cheapest fire and rescue services in the country and we are continually looking at how we can be even more efficient.”

To take part in the quick consultation visit www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ctax1617.