Fire and Rescue Services: Funding

House of Lords written question – answered on 24th July 2012.

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Photo of Lord Morris of Manchester Lord Morris of Manchester Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Association of Metropolitan Fire and Rescue Authorities' submission Potential Impact of the 2013-15 Finance Settlement; and whether they plan to take any action as a result.

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the proposed reduction in funding for the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service; how this compares with the average nationwide cut in funding; and why a flat rate reduction, comparable to the police service, has not been made for fire and rescue services.

Photo of Baroness Hanham Baroness Hanham The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

The Association of Metropolitan Fire and Rescue Authorities submission has been noted.

On the 17 July 2012 the Government published the Technical Consultation on Business Rates Retention detailing proposals for local authority funding from 2013-14. Responses are welcomed from all fire and rescue authorities by the closing date of 24 September 2012. All representations will be considered before final decisions are made. Provisional fire and rescue authority funding baselines will be announced at the usual time-in late November or early December this year.

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