The Liberal Democrats have launched a city-wide campaign calling on the Police & Crime Commissioner to maintain and protect fire & rescue services across York.
The Police & Crime Commissioner, who has recently had her take over of the fire service approved by Government, will need to examine options for the budget of North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service. The transfer of governance to the Police & Crime Commissioner may take place towards the end of 2018.
According to papers published for the North Yorkshire Fire Authority this week, it has been suggested that there could be an ongoing reduction in funding to the North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service, which could then potentially lead to options being examined for reductions in fire cover for York.
Public services in York are already amongst the worst funded services, per resident, in the country. The Liberal Democrats have already called on the Conservative Government to give a ‘Fair deal for York’, and to coincide with this, we are now launching our campaign to protect York’s fire & rescue service.
Councillor Keith Aspden, Leader of the York Liberal Democrats, commented:
“The local fire & rescue service is a key organisation in York’s public sector and residents must feel confident that they can rely on a fully resourced service, should they ever need to. This is why the Liberal Democrats have launched our campaign to ensure fire & rescue services in York are protected for the benefit of everyone in the city.”
“Conservative Government cuts to the public sector have already taken their toll on North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue service and this is one of the many reasons why we have called on the Government to give York’s public services a fair deal.”
“I would strongly encourage everyone to join our campaign and send a clear message to the Conservative Police & Crime Commissioner; that we will not accept any future reductions to York’s fire and rescue services.”
Councillor Ashley Mason, Liberal Democrat Vice-Chair of the Police & Crime Panel, added:
“Now that the Police & Crime Commissioner has finally been given approval to takeover North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service in the future, despite the opposition from all political parties in the city, she must now work to ensure current levels of service do not drop.”
“We are launching this campaign to give local people the platform to make the point to the Police & Crime Commissioner, that residents in York are proud of their fire & rescue service and that we will not accept any proposals to reduce its current provision.”
To lend your support to our campaign to protect fire & rescue services, or to find out more information, please visit: https://www.yorklibdems.org.uk/protect_york_s_fire_rescue_services . If you agree that it is time York received a fair deal from the Government, please join our ‘Fair deal for York’ campaign here: https://www.yorklibdems.org.uk/a_fair_deal_for_york