Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


EFA - Policy and Strategy Meeting, September 23, 2015

The following decisions were made at the Essex Fire Authority Policy and Strategy Meeting on Wednesday, September 23, 2015.

Accounts and Annual Governance Statement – the Auditor’s Report, Annual Governance Statement and the Statement of Accounts were approved.

Budget Review – August 2015 – The current position and forecast outturn for 2015/16 were noted and Members approved the changes to the budget proposed.

Medium Term Financial Strategy – budgetary strategy for the next five years were approved. This included an agreement that future plans should reflect increases in Council tax of up to 1.5% per annum (actual increases will be determined by the full Authority as part of the budget setting process).  It was also agreed that plans for 2019/20 should reflect a complete loss of the government revenue support grant, resulting in a forecast funding gap of £14.3m.

Fleet Workshops Development – Members requested that a revised report should be submitted to the December meeting of the Essex Fire Authority.

Employee Mental Health and Wellbeing – Members agreed to support the Employee Mental Health and Wellbeing statement and action plan and agreed that the Essex Fire Authority should sign the Mind Blue Light Pledge for emergency services.

Information items heard at the meeting were the Auditor's Report on Accounts and the closure report of the solar panel invest to save scheme.

The meeting agenda can be found here

The full minutes will be published at the next Policy and Strategy Committee Meeting

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