Margaret Greenwood MP calls on the government to reverse damaging cuts to Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service
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22 Jun 2017
Speaking during a debate today (June 22) on the Grenfell Tower tragedy where many MPs expressed their concerns over government support for fire services across the UK, Margaret Greenwood MP for Wirral West reiterated her call for improved funding to be provided to Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service.
“Today I have asked the prime minister directly to take action and increase funding to Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service.
“The reality of the situation is that both of the fire stations in Wirral West are closing as a result of government cuts.
“In the debate I secured on Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service in January 2016 I highlighted that from 2011-12 to 2015-16, the cuts resulted in Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service having to make £26 million worth of savings and this meant a loss of nearly 300 firefighters, 150 support, fire prevention and protection staff and cuts to control staff whose number had been reduced from 42 to 33.
“The number of fire engines on Merseyside dropped from 42 fire engines to just 28 and there was also a cut in the number of fire stations.
“While people are coming to terms with the horrific fire in Kensington last week, it is appropriate that the government takes stock of the impact of cuts to fire and rescue services across the country.
“In the debate in January 2016 the minister stated that he did not recognise some of the figures that were being used in relation to cuts to fire services. I do hope that the government recognises the figures now.
“These cuts have and will lead to longer response times to incidents and put a great strain on hard working and dedicated fire service staff.
“The Conservative government cannot go on cutting public services to the bone as they have done for the past seven years.
"It is time for the government to give Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service the funding it needs."