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Petition Against Cuts To MF&RS Launched

Petition Against Cuts To MF&RS Launched

Monday, 03 September 2012

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service has launched a petition calling for no further cuts to its funding grant from central government.

The petition, which is on the Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service website, , has been launched ahead of the funding allocation announcement expected in December this year.

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority Chair Councillor Dave Hanratty said: “Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service has seen its budgets cut by 12% over the last two years and has had the worst Government grant settlements of any UK service since 2005.

“The Government is now indicating further significant grant reductions over the next two years which will mean station closures, fewer firefighters and fewer fire appliances.

“It is the vulnerable and poor who will be most affected and most at risk from any further cuts in our funding. I would urge everyone in Merseyside and further afield to sign the petition.”

The petition can be accessed at

A document has also been released by the Association of Metropolitan Fire and Rescue Authorities, which includes Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, outlining the potential impact of the 2013 to 2015 grant settlement from central government. The document can be accessed by clicking the link at the bottom of this page.

The document includes information including the reduction in firefighter posts since 2000 in Merseyside and other Metropolitan areas, the reduction in fire deaths from 2005/6 and 2010/11 in Merseyside as well as grant funding increases for all Fire and Rescue Services from the financial years 2005/06 to 2010/11.

Speaking about a 27% cut in grant in years 3 and 4, the financial years 2013 to 2015, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service Chief Fire Officer Dan Stephens said: “The grant cut will lead to more fires, fire deaths and injuries on Merseyside. Reductions in stations, appliances and firefighters will have a significant impact on our frontline emergency response and prevention work.

“In a region with 32 of the top 100 areas of highest deprivation in the UK, the cuts would be threatening the most at risk and vulnerable people in our society.

“We have had a decade of reducing fires, fire deaths and injuries, of making significant contributions to reducing the financial cost of fire and making major contributions to our local communities in reducing anti-social behaviour and helping young become worthwhile members of society.

“Much of this success will be lost in two dramatic Government grant cuts.”

Below are two submission documents which have been sent to government on behalf of the Association of Metropolitan Fire and Rescue Authorities:

Potential Impact of the 2013-15 Finance Settlement Association of Metropolitan Fire and Rescue Authorities

Potential Impact of the 2013-15 Finance Settlement Association of Metropolitan Fire and Rescue Authorities

:: Photo shows two Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service fire appliances responding to a call-out.

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