- Wednesday, 29 December 2021 13:31
As a Service, it’s important that we operate effectively and efficiently, and are fully agile and adaptable, in continuing to deliver a high-quality, best value fire and rescue service.
We can only truly be this if we understand what is expected of us from local people and therefore have a duty to talk and listen to members of the public, our staff and partners to make sure we continue to meet the needs of the communities we serve.
We also have a statutory requirement for budget setting as a Service, which includes consulting with members of the business community, specifically in relation to any proposed changes in the level of non-domestic rates prior to budgets being finalised.
At its meeting on 15 December 2021, the Fire Authority will consider the Financial Planning Framework and 2022/23 Annual Budget Setting Process. You can find a copy of the full paper presented to Members here for your information and consideration.
In regularly consulting with our local business communities on this process, we can gain a better insight into and understanding of their views on our fire prevention work, interactions with the Service and levels of satisfaction with regards to the service they receive.
The comments and feedback gathered from this consultation process will also help inform key decision making within the Service and where we need to make investment or find future savings, to ensure the Service remains value for money.
Share your views as part of our consultation here: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/53YMCW2
We would ask that you take the time to complete this brief, five minute survey, to ensure the views of the business community are included and help shape the way we work and enable us to continue responding to local needs and public expectation.
The closing date for the consultation is 25 January 2022 and the responses received will help inform the 2022/23 budget setting process, which will be submitted to Avon Fire Authority for approval on 28 February 2022.