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Extra money for fire services

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The government has allocated an extra£78m to the Fire and Rescue Authorities in England to assist them in improving their estate.

The announcement includes the freedom to undertake small refurbishments, more major building works or other capital projects.

Each service will receive a minimum of£1m spread over the two financial years 2009-10 and 2010-11, with a top up based on population numbers.

The services are free to decide how they spend the funds.

Eight FRAs will receive over£2m: Essex, Kent, Devon & Somerset, Greater Manchester, Hampshire, West Midlands and West Yorkshire.

London gets over over£5.86m while 37 others will receive between£1.08m and£1.9m

The Isles of Scilly with a population of just over 2,000 people is allocated£100,000.

Announcing the capital grant, Fire Minister Sadiq Khan said:

"This is additional money to every single Fire and Rescue Authority in the country. Each area will be able to decide for itself whether this extra money is used to tackle the more serious repairs, replacements or upgrades, or provide additional facilities such as those for female firefighters, or those for the community in helping spread the fire safety message across all age groups."

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