LFB cost mitigation and Covid-19

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

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Photo of Andrew Dismore Andrew Dismore Labour

What action has been taken to mitigate costs incurred by the London Fire Brigade due to the pandemic?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) has incurred additional costs during the COVID-19 pandemic in order to support London’s response to the crisis and keep both our staff and communities safe. At Quarter 2, 2020/21 the LFB forecast that its costs would be £9.4m for this year. These costs have been met in part to date from additional funding from the GLA, cost recovery from the London Ambulance Service for Ambulance Driver Assistance, and a Home Office grant. Discussions about cost mitigation are ongoing, including with the Home Office on the possibility of a further opportunity to recover COVID-19 response costs.