Lancashire Combined Fire Authority delivers a fire and rescue service to the whole of Lancashire, raising awareness about fire safety through visiting homes and schools, enforcing fire safety laws; being available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to respond to emergencies.

The net budget for 2023/24 is 拢68.2m, an increase of 拢5.2m compared to last year鈥檚 budget of 拢63.0m. This increase was largely the result of pay awards and inflationary pressures, which is partly offset by the identification of 拢1.9m of budget savings..

What does the Fire and Rescue Service cost?

Based on the forecast population of Lancashire, circa 1.5 million, we cost just 10 pence per person per day.

鈥2023/24 2022/23
鈥嬄 鈥嬄
鈥婫ross Revenue Expenditure 71.1 64.7
鈥婰ess Income (3.8) 鈥(2.7)
鈥婰ess grant in respect of increased firefighters pension costs (3.1) 鈥(3.1)
鈥婥ontribution to Capital 4.0 鈥4.1
鈥婲et Budget Requirement 鈥68.2 63.0
鈥婰ess Central Government Grants (10.3) 鈥(8.8)
鈥婰ess Local Share of Business Rates inc top up grant 鈥(19.8) 鈥(17.7)
鈥婦eficit/(Surplus) on Council Tax and Business Rates Collection fund (0.4) (0.6)
鈥婥ouncil tax requirement 37.7 34.8


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鈥婤and D Council Tax equivalent 鈥嬄82.27 拢77.27

How the budget compares with last year?

The Fire Authority net budget requirement for 2023/24 is 拢68.2m compared with a budget of 拢63.0m last year. The reasons for the 8.3% increase in the overall budget are as follows:

Change in spending between years 拢 million
鈥婤udget requirement 2022/23 鈥63.0
鈥婣dd pay awards and other inflationary pressures 7.5
鈥婰ess savings identified 鈥(1.9)
Less other adjustments 鈥(0.4)
Budget requirement听 2023/24 鈥68.2

Council Tax has increased by 拢5.00 (less than 拢0.10 per week) which means that for a Band D property the amount payable for the Fire and Rescue part of the bill is 拢82.27 per year

What do you get for your money?

39 fire stations
58 fire engines
45 specialist vehicles
1,121 staff
999 calls answered
Attendance at 5,861 fires
Attendance at 681 road traffic collisions
Attendance at 4,375 other emergencies including animal rescue, flooding, collapsed structures, gaining entry and water rescue
Fire safety inspections
Prosecutions under fire safety law
21,351 Home Fire Safety Checks
Visits to all school year 2 and year 6 classes
Road safety education packages

For a hard copy of this information, please contact us:


The Chief Fire Officer
Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service
Garstang Road