No more cuts: report says London Fire’s budget should be protected

No more cuts should be made to the London Fire Brigade’s budget, a review ordered by Sadiq Khan has concluded.

The review, led by ex-fire boss Anthony Mayer, found that the Brigade has still performed well despite cuts of £100m leading to 10 fire stations being closed.

The Brigade still arrives on the scene within an average of six minutes nearly everywhere across the city.

But to ensure that the Brigade can continue to do its job, he has made a number of recommendations – including ring-fencing funds for fire rescue units.

“London Fire Brigade continues to do an excellent job at keeping Londoners safe and reducing fires across the capital,” Mayer said.

“In the face of significant funding reductions, it has not faltered but implemented a number of sensible and successful adaptations. Nevertheless, it is important that the current budget gap is not allowed to widen further.”

And Sadiq Khan added: “Keeping Londoners safe is my top priority, and I am extremely grateful to Anthony Mayer for this report.

“I wanted to be assured that our capital’s fire service has the resources it needs to cope in the event of a fire or a major emergency and am encouraged to see that despite heavy cuts, the London Fire Brigade continues to do a fantastic job.

“However, we cannot be complacent. I will be carefully considering these recommendations and doing everything in my power to ensure that every step is taken to keep London as prepared and safe as possible.”

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