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Cut In Funding For South Yorkshire Fire

Tuesday January 22 2013

Cut in funding for South Yorkshire Fire Cut in funding for South Yorkshire Fire

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. 

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Reply Posted by sam on Tuesday January 22 2013 at 14:37
if they are making cuts to south yorkshire fire and rescue then why are they hiring for on call fire fighters on a wage of 13 p/h plus extras on the barnsley chronicle website?

Reply Posted by Charles on Wednesday January 23 2013 at 15:01
Yes, in the middle of all these cutbacks and according to a recent report in the Barnsley Chronicle, Jim Andrews, Chairman of the South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority and Deputy Leader of Barnsley Council wants to demolish the fire station on Broadway and rebuild it on the other side of the road. You could not make it up if you tried.