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Full Authority
13 Feb 2024 - 10:30 to 11:26
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  • Declarations of Interests



Committee Councilllors
FRA Membership List

Mr A Amos, Mr D Boatright-Greene, Mr D Boulter, Mr B Brookes, Ms J Carwardine, Mr D Chambers, Mr B Clayton, Mr D Davies, Mr A Ditta, Mrs E Eyre BEM, Mr I Hardiman, Mr A Hardman, Mr M Hart, Mr J Kenyon, Ms E Marshall, Ms N McVey, Ms J Monk, Mr D Morehead, Mr R Morris, Mr R Phillips, Ms L Robinson, Mr C B Taylor, Ms D Toynbee, Mr R Udall, and Mr T Wells.

Agenda Items
1 Apologies for Absence
To receive any apologies for absence.
Apologies were received from Cllr A Amos, Cllr D Chambers, Cllr B Clayton, Cllr E Marshall, Cllr N McVey and Cllr J Monk.
2 Declarations of Interest (if any)
This item allows the Chairman to invite any Councillor to declare an interest in any of the items on this Agenda.
Cllr R Phillips declared that he was Vice Chair of the Firefighters Scheme Advisory Board (England and Wales), Chair of the Local Government Pension Scheme Advisory Board (England and Wales), and a member of the NJC for Fire Service (Grey Book and Green Book).
3 Chairman’s Announcements
To update Members on recent activities.

The Chairman informed Members that the Resource Review was still on-going with the majority of comments received so far being very positive. Members were advised that any emails received from Union Representatives could be forwarded to the Chairman if they had any concerns.

[Cllr Tom Wells entered the meeting at 10.34am].

4 Public Participation
To allow a Member of the public to present a petition, ask a question or make a statement relating to any topic concerning the duties and powers of the Authority.

Members of the public wishing to take part should notify the Head of Legal Services in writing or by email indicating both the nature and content of their proposed participation to be received no later than 2 clear working days before the meeting (in this case 8 February 2024). Further details about public participation are available on the website. Enquiries can also be made through the telephone numbers/email listed below.
There was no public participation.
To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 12 December 2023.

RESOLVED  that Cllr J Kenyon’s name be added to the list of apologies for the meeting held on 12 December 2023 and that the minutes of that meeting otherwise be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

  1. Determine the Revenue and Capital Budgets and the Council Tax Requirement for 2024/25.
  2. Approve the Prudential Indicators and Minimum Revenue Provision (MRP) Statement for 2024/25.
  3. Approve the Capital, Investment and Reserves Strategies.
  4. Approve the level of Fees and Charges for chargeable services for 2024/25.
  5. Identify potential future resources, their consequential impact on future year budgets and the future Council Tax Requirement. (the Medium Term Financial Plan).


Report to follow.


The Treasurer presented the Budget and Precept 2024/25 and the Medium Term Financial Plan 2024/25.

Members were informed that at the time of writing the paper there were important pieces of information that remained unconfirmed which had now been provided. Members were therefore provided with an updated report at the meeting which included the Formula Grant Settlement, the Home Office Special Grants and the Business Rate Yields.

Members noted that there was an increase in the capital budget for new vehicle replacements due to the additional cost of electric vehicles now being introduced into the fleet.

With regard to Council tax, it was noted that the tax base had not increased as much as had been forecast (the new properties coming onto the tax base had slowed down as well as increases in the amount of Council tax support payable). The recommendation was that the precept be increased up to the referendum limit (2.99%) of £2.82, and thereafter it would be an assumption of  2% increase going forward.

Members thanked the Treasurer for a comprehensive report, particularly with the last minute information received.


i)   The Capital Strategy be approved;

ii)  The Capital Budget and Programme (Appendix 1) be approved;

iii) The Core Net Revenue Budget of £43,587,600 (Appendix 10) be approved;

iv) The Medium Term Financial Plan (Appendix 11) be approved;

a. Under the provisions of the relevant sections of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 (as amended), in relation to the year 2024/25 the Authority calculates, as set out in Appendix 12, that:

i.   S42A(2)(a): the aggregate expenditure it will incur will be £43,663,400.00.

ii.  S42A(3)(a): the aggregate income it will receive will be £15,062,324.56.

iii. S42A(2)(c): the amount to be transferred to financial reserves will be £0.00.

iv. S42A(3)(b): the amount to be transferred from financial reserves will be £260,057.05.

v.  S42A(10): the net Collection Fund surplus is £129,705.54.

vi. S42A(4): the net amount of its Council Tax Requirement will be £28,211,312.85.

vii. S42B: the Basic Amount of Council Tax will be £97.22 (Band D).

viii. S47: the proportional tax-bands will be:

  • Band A £64.81
  • Band B £75.62
  • Band C £86.42
  • Band D £97.22
  • Band E £118.82
  • Band F £140.43
  • Band G £162.03
  • Band H £194.44

ix. S48: the precept demands on the individual Billing Authorities are:

  • Bromsgrove £3,694,136.35
  • Herefordshire £6,999,836.99
  • Malvern Hills £3,212,843.88
  • Redditch £2,558,548.43
  • Worcester £3,208,454.40
  • Wychavon £5,144,320.40
  • Wyre Forest £3,393,172.40

v)   The Reserves Strategy (Appendix 13) be approved;

vi)  The Investment Strategy be approved;

vii) The fees and charges for 2024-25 (Appendix 7) be approved; and

viii) The Statement of Prudential Indicators and Minimum Revenue Provision Policy (Appendix 8) as amended be approved.

To present the Pay Policy Statement for 2024-2025 for approval and publication on the Authority’s website.


The Deputy Chief Fire Officer presented the Pay Policy Statement for 2024-2025 and explained the legal requirement for the Authority to publish such a statement prior to the start of each financial year.

RESOLVED that that the Pay Policy Statement for 2024-2025 be approved and published on the Authority’s website.

To update the Fire Authority on progress of the Fire Alliance Fire Control Project.


The Assistant Chief Fire Officer updated Members on progress of the Fire Alliance Fire Control Project.

Members were pleased to note that the development of the new joint fire control system had commenced and that the contract allowed for additional Fire Services to join the hub, if they wished. This could potentially provide greater cost savings as well as further enhance resilience with the addition of compatible Fire Service partners.

The Chief Fire Officer praised the work of Area Commander Maxine Laugher who had run this project with her excellent knowledge resulting in a very resilient tried and tested system that was already being used in the UK. 

RESOLVED that Members noted the update, confirming the development of a new joint fire control system in partnership with Shropshire FRS, Cleveland FB and County Durham & Darlington FRS project had commenced.

To update Members on the proposed actions relating to each area for improvement following receipt of the 2023 Inspection Report.


The Deputy Chief Fire Officer updated Members on the proposed actions relating to each area for improvement following receipt of the 2023 Inspection Report.

Members noted in particular that:

  • Of the eleven assessment areas, the Service had achieved four ratings of ‘good’ and seven ratings of ‘adequate’.
  • There were no areas rated as ‘requires improvement’ or ‘inadequate’.
  • The report identified eleven Areas for Improvement.
  • The Improvement Plan set out actions to address the Areas for Improvement.

RESOLVED that the draft Improvement Plan in response to the Areas for Improvement highlighted in the HMICFRS inspection report 2023 be approved.

To propose an increase in the allowances paid to Members for 2024/25 in accordance with the previous decision that increases be linked to the National Joint Council annual pay award for ‘Green Book’ staff.


The Head of Legal Services presented a proposal to increase the allowances paid to Members for 2023/24 in accordance with the previous decision that increases be linked to the National Joint Council annual pay award for ‘Green Book’ staff.


i)   the existing basic and special responsibility allowances paid to Members be increased by 3.88% for 2024/25, in line with the increase to additional allowances agreed as part of the NJC pay award for ‘Green Book’ Staff for 2023;

ii)  the Dependent Carers’ allowance be increased to £11.44 per hour in line with the national living wage; and

iii) the revised Members’ Allowances Scheme for 2024/25 be approved.

To receive the minutes of the meeting held on 17 January 2024.

The Chairman of the Audit and Standards Committee presented the minutes from the Audit and Standards Committee meeting held on 17 January 2024.

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Audit and Standards Committee meeting held on 17 January 2024 were received and noted.

Declarations of Interests

Member NameItem Ref.DetailsNature of DeclarationAction
No declarations of interest have been entered for this meeting.


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