Lawrence Conlon, chair of the Fire Authority Employers says:
'We will honour the increase because it is a long-standing formula. But there are real problems for employers this year. The settlement is£13m more than we can afford. That is the gap between the grants we
have received for the fire service and the costs of this award. To meet the extra costs authorities will either have to make cuts, even more efficiency savings, cut other local authority services to finance firefighters wages or do all three.'
'This is not a situation which can go on indefinitely, without adversely affecting the front-line service to the public. That is why, after this year's pay settlements, I want to discuss with the FBU how we can get greater efficiency into the fire service. Firefighters' pay must not imperil public safety.'
Jane Mitchell, chair of Convention of Scottish Local Authorities Fire
'We have given a commitment to honour the pay formula this year. However, Scottish employers will have great difficulty meeting this award. In return for the employers' gesture of good faith we expect co-operation and understanding from firefighters at this difficult time.'