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August 21, 2014

News:

ALL FIREFIGHTER MEMBERS BUCKINGHAMSHIRE -

Friday, August 1, 2014

PRESS & MEDIA CONTACTS -

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

LANDMARK VICTORY FOR THE FBU -

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Effective political lobbying -

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

2012 – FURTHER YOUGOV ONLINE SURVEY – FBU MEMBERS’ ATTITUDE TO PENSION CHANGES -

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Lobby of Parliament – 7 November: Stop the cuts in our fire service -

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

March to defend Firefighter Pensions, Pay & Jobs -

Monday, September 10, 2012

FBU mass demonstration October 20th 2012 -

Monday, July 23, 2012

Hampshire – All members circular -

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Workers Memorial Day -

Thursday, April 5, 2012

DeHavilland Report – Fire Brigades Union Monday, 26 March 2012 -

Monday, March 26, 2012

HANTS FBU MASS MEETING – PENSIONS -

Friday, February 24, 2012

Fire Authority Fail Berkshire Residents -

Thursday, February 16, 2012

FBU SAYS PENSIONS PROPOSALS ARE “UNACCEPTABLE”, MOVE TO CONSULT FIRE CREWS AND RECOMMEND RAPID MOVE TO PREPARE A NATIONAL STRIKE BALLOT -

Friday, February 10, 2012

Executive Council statement: pension proposals -

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Firefighters Demand Senior Officers Come Clean On Axing Bucks Emergency 999 Fire Control -

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Emergency Services: A Literature Review on Occupational Safety and Health Risks -

Monday, November 21, 2011

Exercise Watermark flood report – FBU reaction -

Monday, October 31, 2011

Privatisation of London fire training and of the fire control centre would compromise safety and bring high financial risks -

Monday, October 24, 2011

Prescott should take the blame for FiReControl failure, not firefighters -

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Fire Authority Fail Berkshire Residents

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Fire Authority Fail Berkshire Residents

 

 

The Fire Brigades Union inBerkshire has strongly condemned the decision taken by Royal Berkshire Fire Authority (RBFA) to accept the Governments ‘one off’ Council Tax Freeze Grant rather than increase the council tax precept.

 

At its Budget setting meeting on 15th February 2012 members of the Fire Authority voted in favour of accepting the Council Tax Freeze Grant instead of opting for a modest increase of just 3.5% to its share of the council tax. That rise would have equated to just £1.95 for a band D household and given Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) a stable financial footing for the future.

 

Without this much needed money being placed in the Fire Authority’s base budget, there is now the potential for further cuts. Efficiency savings are already hitting RBFRS hard and the future has become even bleaker. This can only affect the performance of the brigade, which is already failing in certain areas.

 

 

Maurice Whyte, Berkshire FBU Brigade Chair, said ‘In deciding not to raise the precept, the Fire Authority has missed the opportunity to put vital funds into its base budget. The people ofBerkshire now face potential cutbacks and may not get the service that they deserve in future years. Put simply, the Fire Authority has baulked at making the right decision at the right time and this is something we shall pay for later in terms of an efficient and effective fire service.’

 

 

At the same meeting the Fire Authority decided to re-engage the Chief Fire Officer,Iain Cox, when he eventually retires. The Fire Brigades Union welcomes this decision as it will give RBFRS continuity in a tumultuous period of financial uncertainty and unprecedented cuts in public funding.

 

 

Mark Stollery, Berkshire FBU Brigade Secretary, said ‘This is a good decision and one that will give much needed stability toBerkshire at a time of upheaval in the fire service.’ He added, ‘We have worked closely with Chief Fire Officer Cox in previous years and whilst we don’t always agree we have established a good relationship with him.  We look forward to building on this relationship and ensuring that firefighters work in safe conditions to deliver a first class service to the residents ofBerkshire.’

Press contacts:-

Brigade Secretary

Mark Stollery

07917 065868

Brigade Chair

Maurice Whyte

07917 065867

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