Public opinion is important to us. Sometimes proposals are made that may affect the levels of service that we provide to our communities, or affect them in an area they live or work.

In these cases, we are committed to publishing our proposals and actively encouraging feedback. The results of any consultation will help us make decisions and shape our services, as well as better understand our communities’ needs. In this area we will publish all of our current consultations, as well as the outcomes of recent consultations. For any consultations from previous years, please see the archive on the lefthand side of this page.

Recent consultations are listed below.

Following the Government’s announcement on 19 December 2022 of the 2023/24 provisional local government finance settlement, the draft budget to be considered by the CFA on 8 February 2023 has been published for consultation. The CFA is recommended to increase Council Tax by the maximum the Government allows without a local referendum, this being £5 at Band D (and between £3.33 and £10.00 for other bands), before any individual discounts. This is an increase of up to 10p per week for 85% of households and will help us protect our services to local communities, whilst funding the significantly increased costs of energy, fuel and pay. The CFA members will not take such a decision lightly and will fully recognise that our communities are themselves facing several financial pressures as the cost of living increases. We continue to minimise costs by focussing on efficiency and effectiveness across all our services, with increased productivity year on year –  for example, we are one of the leading services for helping our communities to stay safe through home fire safety checks.

Comments on the draft budget should be made by 3 February 2023, by email to