Grenfell Tower as it appears in the Summer of 2018

Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee MPs call for combustible cladding system ban

Urgent and wide-ranging action to ensure the safety of people living in high-rise buildings needs to be taken by the Government, including extending a proposed ban on combustible cladding and tackling the conflicts of interest that are pervasive throughout the construction...
Posted On 24 Jul 2018

Policing and Fire Minister orders Fire and Rescue Authorities to curb practice of “boomerang bosses”

Nick Hurd, Minister for Policing and the Fire Service, has unveiled new rules designed to crack down on the employment of ‘boomerang bosses’ in England’s Fire and Rescue Services. The practice has seen senior fire officers retire from their post only to be re-appointed almost...
Posted On 02 Jan 2018

Chief Fire Officers Association responds to Home Office publication of fire equipment costs

As part of the Government’s stated transparency agenda, the Home Office has published data showing exactly how much the 45 Fire and Rescue Authorities in England pay for common items of uniform and equipment, including workwear, vehicles, firefighters’ personal protective...
Posted On 24 Aug 2017

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary extends remit to encompass Fire and Rescue Services

Building on the experience of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) in inspecting and reporting on the efficiency and effectiveness of all police forces in England and Wales, Nick Hurd (the Minister for Policing and the Fire Service) has announced that it will now...
Posted On 09 Aug 2017

Government calls for greater collaboration between police forces in England and Wales to drive down costs

The Home Office believes that new data on police procurement highlights the need for police forces to push opportunities to collaborate in order to deliver greater value for money for the taxpayer. Since 2010-2011, forces have saved in excess of £290 million through better...
Posted On 25 Aug 2016

Legislation brought forward on allowing PCCs to assume responsibility for local Fire and Rescue Services

Following a public consultation exercise, the Government will now take forward legislation designed to enable Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) to hold their local Fire and Rescue Service to account. This is part of a raft of changes orchestrated to bring about closer working...
Posted On 02 Feb 2016
The Home Office has issued a Consultation Paper on the future of the Emergency Services

Proposals for further Emergency Services collaboration announced by Home Office

Radical proposals underpinning transformation of the way in which the police service, the Fire and Rescue Services and the ambulance service work together have now been unveiled by Prime Minister David Cameron and the Home Office. The Government has already invested over £70...
Posted On 14 Sep 2015