The fire and rescue service is an integral part of keeping our communities safe and secure. Even with greatly reduced financial resources, the sector continues to deliver robust, professional and innovative front line services for local communities. The LGA works with the sector to represent them on the national plane on issues ranging from pensions and industrial relations through to local government resources and securing funding for the fire service under Future Control.
The LGA will continue to work with our fire and rescue authority members to fight for key issues and matters of interest to the sector.
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Fire authorities, along with the rest of the local authority sector, are currently facing an unprecedented cut of 25 per cent in their formula grant funding in this spending period. Fire authorities also face potential increased financial pressures associated with future pension commitments and pay awards, and the threat of further revenue insecurity due to changes in the calculation of the funding provided through formula grant support and council tax.
The LGA cross-party Fire Services Management Committee (FSMC) has submitted this response to the consultation on a Retained Business Rates scheme.
The LGA's Fire Service Management Committee (FSMC) has submitted this response to the consultation on amendments to the Firefighters' Pension Scheme (1992) and the New Firefighters' Pension Scheme (2006).