LGA responds to Government's Fire Reform White Paper

"As with levelling up, real change and improvement within the sector and communities will be more successful if local councils and fire services are empowered to decide what their local governance structure will be, based on the needs of their communities. "


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Responding to the publication of the Government’s Fire Reform White Paper, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Fire Services Management Committee, Cllr Ian Stephens, said:  

“The LGA is pleased to see the publication of the long-awaited white paper, it’s especially positive that government has not said it will make mandatory changes to fire governance, and is consulting on a range of governance models for fire and rescue services.

“As with levelling up, real change and improvement within the sector and communities will be more successful if local councils and fire services are empowered to decide what their local governance structure will be, based on the needs of their communities. The delivery of a good service to the public is at the heart of the fire and rescue service and we recognise that both officers and councillors have distinct and complementary roles to play in delivering that service.

“In addition, alongside the NFCC and National Employers (England), the LGA has been working on a shared ambition for the fire and rescue service in England, called Fit for the Future. The white paper provides us with the opportunity to consider how these ambitions might be supported in England.

“We look forward to examining the white paper in more detail and responding to the upcoming consultation.”