London Fire Brigade cutbacks

PUBLISHED: 12:37 28 October 2010

Fire strike

Fire strike

polly hancock

As part of the comprehensive spending review the London Fire Brigade will have to make 25 per cent savings over a four-year period.

The Government has identified seven areas to achieve savings which include flexible working, improving sickness management and pay restraint and recruitment freezes.

It has also suggested shared service and back office functions, improving procurement, sharing chief officers and other senior staff and voluntary amalgamations between fire and rescue authorities.

The full impact on the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority’s budget will not become clear until the outcome of the Local Government Finance Settlement is known in 2011/12.

This is the grant the Greater London Authority receives from central government which is the primary source of funding.

Proposed new working patterns has resulted in firefighters taking industrial action. See our report on page 3.

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