Mayoral General Precept (including Fire Services)

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. It remains one of the lowest-cost and highest performing emergency services in the UK.

Over the course of the year, for the average Band B property, the fire proportion of the precept is £46.62. To give an idea of how your money is spent, for the period 1st April 2018 to December 2018, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service:

  • Responded to 10,275 fires across Greater Manchester
  • Attended 1,178 road traffic collisions
  • Attended nearly 4,000 other incidents that required specialist fire service support
  • Rescued 1,356 people

In addition to funding the fire service, part of this precept also goes to fund the mayor, and the functions he is responsible for. Over the course of the year, this is less than £6.30 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 (known as the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework)
  • Mayoral Development Corporations
  • Costs of the Mayor’s office
  • Grants to District Councils

In addition, this year the mayoral precept will increase in order to fund bus reform, including the introduction of a new Opportunity Pass for 16 to 18-year-olds. Read about this here.

Here is what the new mayoral precept will be for each council tax band:

 

A

 

B

(GM average)

C

D

E

F

G

H

Total proposed costs for Band – fire and other mayoral costs

£51.29

£59.84

£68.39

£76.95

£94.05

£111.15

£128.24

£153.90

Proposed increase to support bus reform

£6

£7

£8

£9

£11

£13

£15

£18

Percentage of households in each band

46%

19.5%

17.3%

9.1%

4.7%

2%

1.2%

0.2%

These tables give a detailed breakdown of these costs:

 

Comparison of Expenditure and Income for 2018/19 and 2019/20

 

2018-19

2019-20

 

£’000s

£’000s

Gross Expenditure

 

 

Employees

79,031

84,899

Other

74,048

49,343

Total

153,079

134,242

Less Income

(6,621)

(1,806)

Less Government Grant

(40,075)

(14,859)

Total

106,383

117,577

Capital Financing Charges

13,024

7,207

Less Interest Received

(30)

            -  

Total

119,377

124,784

Contribution from Balances

(16,559)

(9,195)

Budget Requirement

102,818

115,589

Revenue Support Grant

(19,938)

            -  

Baseline Funding

(20,900)

(39,600)

Localised Business Rates

(10,165)

(10,311)

S31 Grant - Business Rates

(925)

(1,366)

S31 Grant - Pensions

            -  

(4,803)

Collection Fund Surplus (-)/ Deficit (+)

(975)

(1,781)

Council Tax Requirement

49,915

57,728

 

Why the Budget Requirement Has Increased

 

2019-20

 

£'000

Mayoral Precept

7,813

Inflation

6,969

Efficiencies

(1,978)

Cost Pressures and Variations

(1,610)

Change in Capital Financing

(5,817)

Change in Interest on Balances

30

Change in Use of Balances

7,364

Total increase in Budget Requirement

12,771

   

Increase in Funding

(4,958)

Total Increase in Council Tax Requirement

7,813

 

Mayoral expenditure breakdown 2019/20

Cost £’000

Direct Mayoral and Support Costs

820

Spatial Development Strategy

800

Cost of Administering Grants to Bus Operators

50

Transport, Policy and Strategy

3,900

Bus Services Operators Grant Payments

13,100

Mayoral Priorities

416

Bus Reform – TfGM

1,000

Grant to Districts – Bus Reform & 16-18 Travel Concessions

8,300

TOTAL

28,386

 

A significant source of funding for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority comes from grant income, with over £100 million anticipated within 2019/20 to deliver various programmes such as Adult Education, Work and Health programmes and Homelessness Initiatives. In addition to grant funded activity the Authority receives funding from local district contributions and retained business rates revenues as part of the 100% retained business rate pilot.