A BARNSLEY MP is warning that fire service cuts are putting lives at risk.

And Stephanie Peacock says such cuts are more noteworthy in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower blaze.

The Barnsley East Labour MP is calling on the government ‘to give firefighters the cash they need to do their job’.

In South Yorkshire, the service is facing a cut of £4.8m, or 17 per cent.

She said: “Earlier this month, the government forced through the controversial local government settlement, details of which had been released on the same day that Westminster was preoccupied with Brexit votes.

“Buried in the small print were further cuts in central government support for fire authorities, which receive their funding alongside councils.

“This latest round of cuts is firmly at the prime minister’s own door. She promised an end to austerity, but it clearly isn’t over for the emergency services which work so hard to keep us safe. Even as the Treasury hands them the bill for pensions with one hand, they are taking away yet more funding with the other.

“They have been doing their best despite years of relentless cuts, but I fear that we could now be approaching crisis point. I will urgently raise these concerns in the Commons and fight for the money we need for local homes and businesses to be protected.”