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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Audit Praises Service’s Financial Management

25/11/2011

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has been praised for being well positioned to meet the financial challenges ahead, during a recent audit.

"The people of Staffordshire can be confident that we are in a position to rise to the financial challenges ahead, whilst still ensuring their safety."

Director for Finance, Assets and Resources, David Greensmith

The Audit Commission’s annual audit identified that the Service continues to manage its finances well, has arrangements to ensure good value for money and has a clear plan to deliver the necessary savings required over the next four years.

District Auditor, Tony Corcoran stated in his report: "The work undertaken so far demonstrates that the Authority, from members, through the management team, to area commanders, has been proactive in responding to the challenges.

"I consider that the Authority continues to manage its finances well."

The Service needs to deliver savings of £4 million by 2014/15. A business transformation team, made up of existing staff, is looking at ways of identifying the savings required. The Service’s Chief Fire Officer has made a commitment to maintaining firefighter and community safety and protecting as many livelihoods as possible, whilst still making the necessary savings.

Director for Finance, Assets and Resources, David Greensmith said: "We are delighted with the report, which acknowledges the hard work we are doing to ensure we are on track to make the savings required. The people of Staffordshire can be confident that we are in a position to rise to the financial challenges ahead, whilst still ensuring their safety."