Our savings to date
Over the last 10 years we have saved £9 million, which equates to 20% efficiencies in our overall budget. These savings have been made by changing the way some of your stations are crewed and by refining some of our business processes. To date we have been able to make savings without negatively impacting on the services we deliver.
There is no avoiding the fact that we are entering an even more challenging financial future. We know that as a public sector service we are going to have to play our part by looking for further efficiencies. We also know that this may mean making some difficult decisions.
Since 2006 a total of 102 station based posts (27%) have been removed from the establishment (without redundancies). This has been achieved through changes in the crewing systems at various fire stations with efficiencies to date totalling £3,630,000. Further efficiencies have been achieved through central staff reductions, a total saving of £1,971,000, which have resulted in reducing senior and middle manager posts by 34%, and changes in businesses processes and procedures which equate to £3,416,000.
These have been achieved through three major exercises - A comprehensive review of each budget line took place in 2008, with full Fire Authority Member involvement, seeking out efficiencies. Following this, from 2009-2011, a fundamental and robust review of all departments’ structures and policies, through a Service Review Programme (SRP) took place. And currently a complete evidence based service review is being undertaken, looking at areas and patterns of risk, how external influences are impacting on the service and the provision of best value in all departments.