Fire and Rescue Services: Lancashire

Home Office written question – answered on 4th September 2018.

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Photo of Mark Hendrick Mark Hendrick Labour/Co-operative, Preston

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding for the Fire and Rescue Services since the Winter Hill moorland fire in Lancashire.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Minister of State, Home Department

The Government has provided the fire and rescue services with the support they need to tackle the Moorland fires. This includes providing specialist capabilities, including high volume pumps.

Fire and rescue services have the resources they need to do their important work. Overall fire and rescue authorities will receive around £2.3 billion in 2018/19. In 2018/19, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Authority will receive £53.9 million in core spending power. This is an increase of 0.9% compared with 2017/18. In addition, at March 2017, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Authority held £36.5 million in reserves, equivalent to 68.5% of core spending power.

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