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CAMBRIDGESHIRE & BEDS COUNCILLORS DEFEND FIRE BUDGETS

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Cambridgeshire county councillors yesterday rejected proposals for cuts to the fire and rescue service budget, repo...
Cambridgeshire county councillors yesterday rejected proposals for cuts to the fire and rescue service budget, reports BBC Cambridgeshire.

Cuts of up to £400,000 would have involved the closure of four fire stations and reduction in cover. Fire fighters in Peterborough, however, said the campaign against cuts to the service would continue until the county council budget is finally approved.

And Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service could be at risk if further budget cuts are made say county councillors, reports BBC Three Counties.

Overall, the county council has to make savings of £11m on services to reach its government-imposed spending limit, but the public protection committee has warned of the dangers to people's safety if spending on the fire service is reduced.

Cllr Angus Brewer said the service would be unable to work properly if cuts went ahead.

He commented: 'It has been portrayed to everyone concerned, I think, that the reductions are not possible because they would reduce the services the fire and rescue service give to a point where they couldn't fulfil either their statutory obligations or their obligations to the public at large'.

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