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Other information included inyour council tax & business rates billThis leaflet forms part of your bill2014/15www.wakefield.gov.uk


Cllr. Mehboob KhanChair, West YorkshireFire & Rescue AuthorityWest Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authorityhas made a pledge to freeze its preceptfor 2014/15 in a bid to help the county’sresidents in times of austerity.The Authority is freezing the precept at £57.40, bandD, which will mean the majority of residents willcontinue to pay less than £1 per week for the fireservice.Despite the Authority having faced difficult financialtimes, and losing £3.5m in grant, the savings deliveredthrough the Integrated Risk Management Planapprovals have allowed the council tax freeze.However, there is still a need for long-term savingswith the Authority losing a further £4m of funding in2015/2016.Indications are that similar levels of cuts will follow inthe next three years and consequently the Authorityfaces a long-term budget shortfall of almost £20m by2018/2019.The Authority is planning to spend £43m of capital onservice transformation over the next five years whichwill see nine new fire stations replacing 17 acrossWest Yorkshire.For FREEfire safety advice visitwww.westyorksfire.gov.ukWork has already started on the construction of thenew South Kirkby Fire Station, in the Wakefield district,with further building to commence on four new firestations in Leeds, Calderdale and Kirklees by themiddle of 2014.Councillor Mehboob Khan, Chair of West Yorkshire Fireand Rescue Authority, said: “We have achieved a lowcost per person to run fire services across the countycompared to other metropolitan areas. This freeze willhelp combat the cost of living in the communities weare proud to serve.”Chief Fire Officer/Chief ExecutiveSimon Pilling,West Yorkshire Fire &Rescue ServiceBrigade leadershipWest Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authorityis responsible for the funding and strategicdirection of the county’s fire and rescue service.The organisation is managed by Chief FireOfficer/Chief Executive Simon Pilling.What will the Fire and Rescue Authority cost?Budget 2013-2014 2014-2015 Per head£000 £000Gross Expenditure 89,397 87,771Contribution to balances £971 £373Income -£2,678 -£2,577Budget requirement 87,690 £85,567 £38.43Revenue Support Grant -£32,481 -£27,962 -£12.56Top up grant -£13,995 -£15,278 -£6.86Business rates -£7,707 -£7,795 -£3.50Collection Fund balance £203 -£312 -£0.14Council tax requirement £33,710 £34,220 £15.37What are the changes from last year?2013-2014 2014-2015£000 £000Revenue budget £88,139 £87,690Inflation £606 £1,502Government grants £1,193Changes in quantity or quality of service -£3,436 -£3,128Difference in fees and charges £217 £101Changes in use of reserves £971 -£598£87,690 £85,567messageWEST YORKSHIRE FIRE & RESCUE AUTHORITYFACTS AND FIGURESfigures


Budget 2014-2015Mark Burns-Williamson OBE,Police and Crime Commissionerfor West Yorkshire2013/2014 2014/2015£m £mGross Expenditure 510.121 500.551Council Tax Requirement 79.578 82.390As your Police and Crime Commissioner, my jobis to hold the Chief Constable to account and bea strong voice for the people of West Yorkshire.Protecting frontline policing here in West Yorkshireagainst the backdrop of unprecedented governmentcuts is crucial to ensuring communities are safer andfeel safer.Bringing down burglary rates, tackling anti-socialbehaviour, dealing with domestic violence, and workingwith partners to make our children safer are some ofthe priorities set out in the Police and Crime Plan.I pledged to tackle these issues and protect frontlinepolicing because you tell me when I am out and aboutin our communities that you want more police officerson the streets. To achieve this has meant a slightincrease of the police part of your council tax which inreal terms will mean an extra £2 a year for two thirdsof households.What your money is spent onThis will pay for the recruitment of 126 policeofficers and 70 essential police staff roles, althoughgovernment cuts will mean a reduction overall in policenumbers.Proposing an increase was a decision I took afterconsulting with individuals and organisations acrossWest Yorkshire. As part of my Listening to You Firstsurvey 65% of respondents said they would beprepared to pay an increase of 2% or more to pay forpolicing.To find out more about policing and community safetypriorities across West Yorkshire please visit the Policeand Crime Plan at http://www.westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/our-business/the-police-crime-plan.aspx.Summary:• There will be a 1.99per cent increase to the annualpolice council tax• Band D households will pay £2.70 more per yearfor policing• Up to 64 per cent of households are in Bands Aand B and will see an increase of £1.79 and £2.10per year respectivelyMark Burns-Williamson out on patrol with a Neighbourhood Policing TeamWhere the money comes from 2014/2015 (%)What the money is spent on 2014/2015 (%)n Government Formula Grant 67%n Precept (Police Council Tax) 16.6%n Income including Specific Grant 16.3%n Use of Reserves 0.1%n Police Officers 50%n Running Costs e.g. premises, vehicle costs, IT,regional working 24.6%n Police Staff 21.5%n Borrowing for Capital Spending 1.8%n Contribution to Reserves 1.8%n Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner 0.3%For more detailed information, visit our web site at www.westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk or contact:Fraser Sampson, Chief Executive, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire,Ploughland House, 62 George Street, Wakefield WF1 1DL.Telephone (01924) 294000 or e-mail contact@westyorkshire-pcc.gov.ukFacebook: OfficeOfThePoliceAndCrimeCommissionerWestYorkshireTwitter: @WestYorksOPCC Instagram: westyorksopccmessageFACTS AND FIGURESfigures


Funding of Transport 2013/2014 and 2014/2015Cllr. James Lewis,Metro ChairmanMetro - Putting the Passenger First2014/2015We look forward to exciting times ahead forlocal transport with the creation of a newWest Yorkshire Combined Authority from 1April 2014 with responsibility for transport,economic development and regeneration.The new West Yorkshire Combined Authoritywill become the driving force for economicgrowth through a joint approach to strategicinvestment and transport across theBradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds andWakefield districts.With hundreds of millions of journeys madeacross our region each year our ambitionsand commitment to the people of WestYorkshire remain as strong as ever. It isreadily acknowledged that good transportlinks and connectivity underpin a region’seconomic prosperity and we will continueto work on developing and integrating WestYorkshire’s bus, rail and road networks. Wewill also continue our work to create a new,locally-controlled rail franchise for the Northof England and our work towards introducingQuality Bus Contracts.For detailed information on Metro’s plansand projects visit www.wymetro.comCouncillor James Lewis,Metro ChairmanJohn Henkel,Metro InterimDirector GeneralBudget 2013/14 £m 2014/15 £mGross expenditure 191.3 198.6Budget requirement (gross expenditure minus income) 153.5 160.4Where the money comes from 2013/14 £m 2014/15 £mGovernment Grants 57.6 64.2Transport Levy 99.6 101.1Other 37.8 38.2How the money will be spent in 2014/15£mn 64.2 Rail Supportn 53.2n 19.5n 31.0n 13.0n 8.9n 7.4n 1.4Bus SupportConcessionary FaresSubsidised bus and AccessBus ServicesPrepaid TicketsPassenger FacilitiesSupporting ServicesDevelopment and other supportFinancing and contingencyPensionsMore information is available on the Authority’s website: www.wyita.gov.ukAll information and/or documents will be provided in braille, large type or another language on requestmessageMETRO PUTTING PASSENGERS FIRSTYou can learn more about Metro from its web site at www.wymetro.comTo use yournextbus to find out when your bus will arrive, simply text your bus stop number -beginning 450 - to 63876, which spells METRO.FACTS AND FIGURESfigures


The Council Tax (Demand Notices) (England) Regulations 2011.The Environment Agency is a levyingbody for its Flood and Coastal ErosionRisk Management Functions under theFlood and Water Management Act 2010and the Environment Agency (Levies)(England and Wales) Regulations 2011.The Environment Agency has powers in respectof flood and coastal erosion risk managementfor 2292 kilometres of main river and along tidaland sea defences in the area of the YorkshireRegional Flood and Coastal Committee. Money isspent on the construction of new flood defenceschemes, the maintenance of the river systemand existing flood defences together withthe operation of a flood warning system andmanagement of the risk of coastal erosion.The financial details are:Yorkshire Regional Flood and Coastal Committee 2013/2014 2014/2015‘000s ‘000sGross Expenditure £37,641 £64,082Levies Raised £2,000 £2,000Total Council Tax Base 1,354 1,375The majority of funding for flood defence comesdirectly from the Department for the Environment,Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). However, underthe new Partnership Funding rule not all schemeswill attract full central funding. To provide‘matching’ funding the Agency may seek fundingfrom County and Metropolitan Councils, UnitaryAuthorities and London Boroughs in the form of aLocal Levy. The Local Levy is shared on the basisof Band D Equivalents between all contributingbodies within the Committee Area.Changes in the Gross Budgeted expenditurebetween the years both reflects the impact ofthe Government Spending Review and nationalprioritisation of projects. For 14/15 we haveincluded Grant Aided Expenditure on all RiskManagement Authority Programs. The total LocalLevy Raised has increased by 0%.The total Local Levy raised has remainedthe same in 2014/2015 as 2013/2014 at£2,000,000.Customer service line 03708 506 506Incident hotline 0800 80 70 60Floodline 0845 988 1188www.environment-agency.gov.ukENVIRONMENT AGENCYYORKSHIRE AND NORTH EAST REGIONmessageFACTS AND FIGURESfigures


The information on this and following two pages relates to Wakefield Council.Revenue Spending Plans for 2014/15The Council’s Revenue Spending Plans are those which are for the day-to-day running of services. The 2014/15 amounts can becompared against those in 2013/14 which have been adjusted for changes to the Council’s structures so that a like-for-like comparisoncan be made.2013/14 2014/15Net Services Provided Gross Income NetExpenditure Expenditure and Funding Expenditure£000 £000 £000 £000110,562 Adults, Health & Communities 150,264 -48,449 101,81558,798 Children & Young People 85,941 -26,820 59,1214,562 Housing Benefit & Council Tax Support 125,780 -121,260 4,52072,494 Regeneration and Economic Growth 95,965 -23,014 72,951167,286 Schools 141,492 -1,881 139,61128,790 Other Services 175,362 -146,448 28,914442,492 Total spending on Services 774,804 -367,872 406,932-151,563 Dedicated Schools Grant 0 -129,091 -129,091-94,722 Revenue Support Grant 0 -77,819 -77,819-56,356 Retained Business Rates 0 -57,451 -57,451-6,660 Business Rates Top-up 0 -6,790 -6,790-8,886 Other Grants 0 -7,907 -7,907-4,372 New Homes Bonus 0 -5,197 -5,197-20,230 Public Health Grant 0 -20,797 -20,79799,703 Amount to be met from Council Tax 774,804 -672,924 101,880


Changes Impacting on the Amount to be met from Council Tax 2014/15£m2013/14 Council Tax Requirement 99.7Reduction in Revenue Support Grant & Business Rates 15.6Reduction in Other Grants 0.8Increase in New Homes Bonus -0.8Increase in Public Health Grant -0.6Impact of Budget Investment, Inflation and Other Adjustments 10.5Total Changes to 2013/14 Council Tax Requirement 25.5Amount met from Budget Savings and Efficiencies -23.32014/15 Council Tax Requirement 101.9


The implications of the 2014/15 Revenue Spending Plans for Council Tax Payers Capital Investment 2014/15The Council’s 2014/15 Revenue Spending Plans are mainly funded by General Government Grant. This reduces the amount which has to be raised through CouncilTax. Alongside this, the amount to be met from Council Tax also includes funds raised on behalf of the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire and theWest Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority.2013/14 2014/15 2014/15£000 £000 £ perBand Ddwelling99,703 Wakefield Council Amount to be met from Council Tax 101,880 1,138.77Planned Capital Investment for2014/15 is £59.9mClick here for full details of the Council’sCapital Programme which can be foundat Appendices CP3 and CP4.12,100 Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire Precept 12,364 138.205,126 West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Authority Precept 5,135 57.40116,929 Total Amount to be met from Council Tax (excluding Parishes) 119,379 1,334.37Other Precepts and LeviesThe expenditure requirements of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Fire Authority are included separately in the Council Tax calculation. Levies from otheroutside bodies are funded directly by Wakefield Council and the effect of these are included in Wakefield’s budget amount to be met from Government Grants &Council Tax.2013/14 2014/15Other LeviesOther Levies£000 £00015,247 West Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority 15,459132 Environment Agency 13063 Internal Drainage Board 76


The information on this and the following page relates to Town and Parish Councils.Parish Precepts 2013/14 and 2014/15Parish Parish Precept Band D Parish Precept Band D2013/14 2013/14 2014/15 2014/15£ £ £ £Ackworth 171,150.00 72.95 169,125.00 71.60Badsworth 12,000.00 34.99 12,000.00 35.29Crigglestone 49,000.00 17.04 49,130.00 17.04Crofton 49,942.00 29.43 48,442.00 29.01Darrington 10,621.09 17.41 11.152.14 18.49East Hardwick 1,480.00 19.22 816.00 11.03Featherstone 104,000.00 26.05 104,000.00 25.77Havercroft-with-Cold Hiendley 51,941.00 110.04 51,941.00 109.35Hemsworth 630,000.00 198.99 641,300.00 198.98Normanton 195,000.00 35.05 200,900.00 35.75Nostell (Huntwick with Foulby & Nostell Hessle & Hill top & West Hardwick) 2,800.00 31.46 3,300.00 35.87Notton 7,870.00 19.53 8,000.00 19.85Ryhill 54,185.00 78.42 54,185.00 74.84Sharlston 24,000.00 32.97 29,000.00 38.06Sitlington 64,000.00 33.68 64,000.00 33.67South Elmsall 295,350.00 188.84 295,350.00 187.88South Hiendley 34,160.00 70.29 34,160.00 69.71South Kirkby and Moorthorpe 806,000.00 318.83 816,500.00 318.82Thorpe Audlin 7,000.00 24.56 7,000.00 24.82Upton and North Elmsall 224,000.00 123.35 226,347.00 123.35Walton 28,034.00 25.26 32,000.00 29.01Warmfield-Cum-Heath 13,000.00 45.30 13,000.00 44.52West Bretton 4,900.00 23.90 5,100.00 25.12Wintersett - - - -Woolley 16,000.00 25.76 30,000.00 46.22Total Parish Precept 2,856,433.09 2,906,748.14


Parish Precepts exceeding £140,000Ackworth Hemsworth Normanton South Elmsall South Kirkby & Upton & NorthMoorthorpeElmsall2013/14 2014/15 2013/14 2014/15 2013/14 2014/15 2013/14 2014/15 2013/14 2014/15 2013/14 2014/15£000 £000 £000 £000 £000 £000 £000 £000 £000 £000 £000 £000Cemeteries & Crematoriums 29 31 - - - - 8 8 23 28 8 8Sport & Recreation - - 44 45 - - - - - - - -Parks & Open Spaces 30 26 238 237 - - 80 80 200 230 21 10Allotments 2 2 20 24 12 12 6 6 8 5 20 20Community Centres & Village Halls 40 37 115 122 5 5 112 112 300 300 16 22Libraries - - - - - - - - 10 10 40 40Markets - - 3 10 - - - - - - 10 -Democratic Representation, Training & Promotion - - - - 10 7 - - 55 55 - -Civic Expenses - - 70 91 15 12 - - 40 40 - -Administration 96 99 89 76 91 106 116 116 - - 59 78Events / Floral Displays 14 18 15 16 48 54 - - - - 5 18Local Transport Initiative - - - - - - - - 70 75 - -Public Toilets - - - - - - 17 17 10 8 - -Pre-School - - - - - - - - 60 60 - -Contribution to Reserves 14 - 101 - 22 - - - 133 - - -Other - - 47 52 30 26 25 25 60 60 88 30Total Expenditure 225 213 742 673 233 222 364 364 969 871 257 226Less Income -54 -44 -112 -32 -38 -21 -69 -69 -163 -55 -33 -Total Precept 171 169 630 641 195 201 295 295 806 816 224 226The Council Tax Regulations require that a breakdown of expenditure and income is published for any Parish or Town Council who issue a precept which is equal to or more than £140,000

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