SOUTH Yorkshire’s fire service will have its funding cut by nearly £5m over the next two years.

In the last two years, South Yorkshire has been handed some of the biggest cuts in the country, despite being the poorest, urban areas with the highest number and biggest risk of fires.

Its grant has been slashed by £4.7m in the last two years and the service has had to cut one in seven full-time firefighters.

Other counties have had their funding increased.

Mr Healey said: “While some authorities were wondering how to spend the extra cash they had, the six Metropolitan areas were working out how to cut 1,258 full-time firefighters, 69 retained firefighters and more than 550 other staff.“

We're sad about this, as the service does a great job.