The Government is seeking to implement “a fairer funding settlement across Fire and Rescue Services” for the period 2013 – 17. In 2010 the government reduced funding for Fire and Rescue Authorities by 5.8 per cent in 2010-11 and a further 0.7 per cent in 2012-13. It intends to implement very much larger reductions in 2013-14 and the three subsequent years, in total, making a 25 per cent reduction in funding. That is not ‘fair funding’, it is a massive cut and it will cost lives.
In London Boris Johnson wants to reduce the number of fire fighters by 520, to lose 18 fire-engines and to close 12 fire stations in 2013-2014. We have 12 weeks to express our opposition and mobilise against these cuts. See London FBU Press Release – Boris Johnson versus the rest of London
SERTUC say you need to be worried about where you live, where you work and where you and your family go to public buildings, such as schools and hospitals.
These proposed cuts are deeply unpopular with the public, and communities, the FBU and the whole trade union movement can align to stop these cuts and make the government pay the political price for its savage and reckless intentions.
The FBU general case against cuts in the fire service is here: FBU case against fire service cuts
Including an online petition by 38degrees stop fire service cuts petition