Friday, 25 January 2013

News from Darren Johnson AM: Mayor should scrap 7p council tax cut to save fire stations

21 JANUARY 2013

The London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) has today voted against a consultation which included proposals to close fire stations and remove fire appliances. The plans had proposed the closure of 12 fire stations and redundancy for 400 fire fighters and 100 civilian staff.
Darren Johnson AM said:
"I am delighted that the proposed closures have been rejected by the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority today. The Mayor must now decide whether or not he is happy to ignore the will of the Authority and push these dangerous cuts through. A far better solution would be for the Mayor to scrap his proposed 7p a week cut in the average council tax cut and use the savings to halt these closures before they start."
Notes to editors
1) Darren Johnson AM is available for comment.
2) The Mayor is planning a council tax cut worth 7p per week to the average Band D resident. We estimate the lost income over the next two years from cutting council tax to be in the order of £46m compared to a freeze, or £87m compared to increasing the precept by 2%. However, this is based on the assumption that the Mayor seeks to reduce the precept in even steps in the years leading up to 2016-17, in order to cut council tax by 10% by the end of his term of office.

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