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EDM (Early Day Motion) 1779: tabled on 30 October 2018

Tabled in the 2017-19 session.

This motion has been signed by 27 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House notes with alarm that in the period 2010-11 to 2019-20, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service will experience a 50 per cent real terms reduction in Government grant; further notes that this will lead to a reduction in the Authority's revenue budget from £73.6 million to £59.9 million, amounting to a wholly unacceptable reduction of £13.7 million; expresses grave concern that as a consequence of cuts the number of firefighters has reduced from 1,000 to 620 full-time equivalents; draws attention to the fact that although the Authority had usable reserves of £27.7 million in 2017-18, £17.8m of those funds are being used for capital schemes already underway, £3 million to enable recruitment of firefighters to replace those reaching retirement age, a £1 million provision for catastrophic incidents, a smoothing reserve of £1.8 million, and general reserves of only £2 million dispelling any belief that the current reserves represent a viable mechanism through which to sustain the Fire and Rescue Service; further expresses great concern that the Authority despite its efforts to introduce efficiencies and savings will no longer be able to fund a service which is safe for the public; and calls on the Government to urgently review the need for additional funding.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.