West Yorkshire Fire Authority freezes precept

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THE amount of cash people in Wakefield pay for fire and rescue services has been frozen for a second year.

Average council tax-payers will still pay less than £1 a week to West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority.

The authority has saved £1m by implementing a recruitment ban and accepting a one-off grant from the government.

In the past year 150 jobs have been shed as the fire services struggles to balance its books against budget cuts.

Later this year a restructure of front line and support services will begin which will see some fire stations merged or closed.

Chief Fire Officer Simon Pilling said: “It’s absolutely critical that we re-shape how we deliver and support the front-line over the coming years because the compounding effect of non-recruitment and the impact of diminishing government grants presents unprecedented challenges.”