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Reposted from the Guardian

The real reason the Tories want to scrap fire and rescue authorities

The government has embarked on a scorched earth strategy in its attempt to impose cuts: if you can’t beat them, abolish them

Fireman in helmet with reflective visor down
The Fire Brigades Union opposes the government proposal to transfer control of fire services from local authorities to police and crime commissioners. Photograph: FirePhoto/Alamy

What do you do if you’re part of a government that believes in decimating the fire and rescue service as a means to making “efficiency savings”, only to find yourself regularly thwarted by elected councillors who sit on the local fire and rescue authority? Answer: abolish the fire and rescue authority.

A government paper published last week proposed just that: the scrapping of every fire and rescue authority in England. Control will instead be placed in the hands of local…

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