Fire Authority votes through Mayor's cuts

By Rob Virtue on September 12, 2013 4:18 PM |


Cuts to London Fire Brigade, which will see the closure of 10 stations and the scrapping of 14 vehicles, have been passed through.

The London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority accepted the Mayor's controversial savings plan, with chairman James Cleverly casting the deciding vote.

The station closures include Silvertown in Newham and Greenwich's Woolwich base.

Further stations in Bow, Kingsland and Downham are also to be cut, while 552 firefighters will lose their jobs.

It came after the Fire Authority had previously voted against the plans.

However, Boris Johnson issued a Mayoral Direction for the group to change its decision, which the Fire Authority was informed was legally binding.

Labour London Assembly Fire spokesperson, Fiona Twycross AM, said: ""We are all deeply disappointed that Boris' cuts have now been forced through, we wanted to continue the fight in court.

"However, the legal advice we received was categorical and clearly stated we had no legal basis to challenge the Mayor in this way.

"If we had gone down this route then we would have spent a large amount of taxpayers' money fighting a futile battle."

Labour is urging the Mayor to drop the plans, which it argues comes as a result of his penny a day cut to council tax.

The Fire Authority needs to make savings of £45million over the next two years. These cuts will contribute £29m towards that figure.

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