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Fires: Death

Home Office written question – answered on 6th March 2019.

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Photo of Stephen Morgan Stephen Morgan Labour, Portsmouth South

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment he has made of (a) trends in fire-related deaths and (b) the adequacy of future funding for the Fire and Rescue Service.

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

The number of fire-related fatalities in England has been on a general downward trend since 1981/82, when comparable figures first became available, but have plateaued in recent years.

Fire services have the resources to do their work. In 2019/2020, fire and rescue services will receive approximately £2.3bn in funding. At March 2018 the standalone Fire and Rescue Authorities held £545 million in reserves, equivalent to 42 percent of the core spending power.

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