Proposals Totally Unacceptable

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19 Mar 2013

Government proposals that could see South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service privatised are totally unacceptable. It was revealed last month that Fire Minister Brandon Lewis had unsuccessfully sought support for the proposals from the House of Commons’ Regulatory Reform Committee but the Minister has still refused to drop the idea.

Our fire services have already faced irresponsible cuts which have left them in a precarious position when it comes to saving lives and helping people to feel safe when they sleep at night. According to Government data, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has already suffered a 14.63 per cent reduction in the number of wholetime and retained firefighters. The Government plans to cut more than 5,000 firefighters and 1,000 support staff by 2015.

This proposal is surely a step too far, even for this Government. The very idea of privatising one of our emergency services is horrifying. We simply cannot accept private profit being put before public safety when it comes to our fire and rescue services.