CHANGES could be made to how much council tax you pay as Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service would like more funding.

The latest Council Tax Consultation is urging residents in Bracknell, Reading and areas across Berkshire to have their say on council tax increases.

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Chair of Royal Berkshire Fire Authority, Councillor Colin Dudley along with Berkshire MPs is lobbying Government to allow us to raise Council Tax by £5 in 2020/21.

According to the consultation, current Government proposals would allow Royal Berkshire Fire Authority to increase Council Tax by up to 1.99 per cent for 2020/21. which is an increase of £1.32 per year.

He said the Grenfell Tower tragedy in 2017 has put additional cost pressures services.

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Cllr Dudley said: " Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy additional resources have been put in place to work closely with local authorities and landlords as part of our Protection Policy.

"The Authority has been through a significant period of change since 2015, ensuring the Service

delivers important outcomes for communities across Royal Berkshire, whilst also balancing the


"Given the current the economic climate, the Fire Authority gave me a mandate to speak to

Berkshire MPs to make them aware of the issues faced and ask for greater flexibility to increase

Council Tax when setting the budget."

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In the public letter, previous government funding for the authority was set out in the four-year settlement that ran from 2016 -17 to 2019 - 20. Taking 2015 -16 as the base year.

Central Government funding has fallen by over 24 per cent.

With the additional £1.32 increase in Council Tax, RBFRS promises to provide education and advice on how to prevent fires and other emergencies, ensure a swift and appropriate response when called to emergencies, ensure that RBFRS provides good value for money and work with Central Government and key stakeholders in the interests of the people of Royal Berkshire.

The fire service said: "We think Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service provides excellent value to the residents of Berkshire.

"The average Band D household pays just over £66 per year. Therefore, we think a small increase of £1.32 per year remains excellent value for money."

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