LFB’s Fire Safety Department (2)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 8th January 2021.

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Has the cost of running the LFB’s fire safety department increased since 2017?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The cost of London Fire Brigade (LFB)’s Fire Safety Department has increased since 2017. The net budget for 2017/18 was £17,806,444 and for 2020/21 is £22,317,433.

Following the Grenfell Tower fire, LFB received additional funding of £1.5million to enhance the inspection programme, enabling the creation of career pathways for Fire Engineering; introduction of Cold Scene Examiners; investment in Development Officers; an increase in officers within the Central Enforcement team and development of teams and structures within the wider department aligned to core objectives and deliverables.

In 2019, I provided additional funding of £1.1 million to establish a Fire Cadet Units within each London Borough. The pandemic has impacted upon the roll-out of delivery, however it is anticipated that units will open once restrictions have lifted.

LFB has been allocated £5.5 million from the Protection Board, supporting the Building Risk Review Programme.