2021/22 Mayoral General Precept (including Fire Services)

On your bill this will appear at the "Mayoral General Precept". The vast majority of this goes to Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service. The service is funded partly by grants from central Government and partly by council tax paid by the residents of Greater Manchester. The precept has been frozen to relieve pressure on residents who are struggling after the pandemic and facing wider increases in council tax bills to meet cost of social care and other council services not funded by government.

Over the course of the year, for the average Band B property, the fire proportion of the precept is £51.48. To give an idea of how your money is spent, for the period 1st April 2020 to December 2020, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service:

  • Responded to 8,291 fires across Greater Manchester
  • Attended 1,149 road traffic collisions
  • Attended 2,530 incidents that required specialist fire service support
  • Rescued 1,040 people

In addition to funding the fire service, part of this precept also goes to fund the mayor, plus the functions he is responsible for. Over the course of the year, this is £19.25 for the average Band B bill. This mayoral precept funds:

  • Transport Strategy including Local Transport Plan development and monitoring
  • Administration of Bus Service Operators Grant
  • Developing the new plan for jobs and homes for Greater Manchester
  • Mayoral Development Corporations
  • Costs of the Mayor’s office
  • Grants to District Councils

This year the mayoral precept will fund the continuation of the Mayor’s successful ‘A Bed Every Night’ scheme to reduce rough sleepers across Greater Manchester, free bus travel for care leavers up to the age of 21 and continuation of the successful ‘Our Pass’ pilot for all 16-18 year olds.

The mayoral precept per council tax band

The mayoral precept per council tax band
Precept Bands Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Band F Band G Band H
Mayoral General Precept (including fire) 60.63

70.73

80.84

90.95

111.16

131.37

151.58

181.90

Percentage of households in each Band %

45.2

19.7

17.5

9.3

4.8

2.0

1.2

0.2

Comparison of Expenditure - breakdown

Comparison of Expenditure - breakdown
Year

2020/21 (£000)

2021/22 (£000)

Variation (£000)

Gross Expenditure

239,151

236,063

-3,088

Income

-20,514

-17,372

3,142

Cost of Service

218,637

218,691

54

Capital Financing Charges

1,687

2,316

629

Revenue Contribution to Capital Outlay

4,201

2,700

-1,501

Net Service Budget

224,525

223,707

-818

Contribution to/from Balances

-8,657

-13,645

-4,988

Budget Requirement

215,868

210,062

-5,806

Localised Business Rates

-10,614

-10,297

317

Business Rate Baseline

-40,250

-40,353

-103

Section 31 Grant – Business Rates

-2,062

-2,594

-532

Section 31 Grant – pensions

-5,605

-5,605

0

Transport - Statutory Charge

-86,700

-86,700

0

Collection Fund deficit

-1,265

6,090

7,355

Local Council Tax Scheme

0

-1,853

-1,853

Council Tax Requirement

69,372

68,750

-622

Mayoral Expenditure Breakdown 2020/21 (non-fire)

Mayoral Expenditure Breakdown 2020/21 (non-fire)

Description

2021/22

£000

Mayoral Direct Costs Incl Corporate Support

1,247

Mayoral Priorities Incl - A Bed Every Night

3,050

Transport Policy & Strategy

3,500

BSOG - grants to operators

11,750

            - administration

50

‘Our Pass’ Incl Opportunity Cost

16,200

Sub-Total - Pre additional transport powers

35,797

Bus Reform

4,250

Bus Concessionary Reimbursement

50,000

Supported Bus

32,000

Accessible Transport/Ring & Ride

3,600

Allocation of Bus Operational costs

1,100

Total Including additional transport powers

126,747