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Fire Service Cuts Putting Lives at Risk

From The Star - 7th Sept 2012

Cuts to fire service budgets will lead to more deaths, Government officials were warned by a South Yorkshire MP in a ‘final warning’.

John Healey, the Labour for Wentworth and Dearne, spoke out at a debate on fire and rescue service funding, during which he said: “More people will die.”

The debate followed months of campaigning for a fairer settlement for six metropolitan fire areas, including South Yorkshire, which have had their budgets cut over the last two years and face more cuts over the next two years.

South Yorkshire fire chiefs fear they could lose around £10 million altogether.

Mr Healey said the cuts were ‘unfair, unequal and hard to justify’ when some richer, rural counties have had their funding increased because of a new Government funding formula which leaves advantaged areas able to raise more in council tax....cont

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