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NORTH YORKS FIRE AUTHORITY REVEALS£55M OVERSPEND

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North Yorkshire Fire Authority has revealed that it overspent by£55m last year, and its spending on pensions went ...
North Yorkshire Fire Authority has revealed that it overspent by£55m last year, and its spending on pensions went£538,000 over budget, reported The Northern Echo (22 June, p16).

And a national agreement on backdating an annual leave entitlement for firefighters is expected to cost another£136,000. Now the authority is to ask the councils which provide its funding for extra cash.

Chairman Geoffrey Rennie said: 'We had a slight overspend against budget which we are tackling by economies, but there is a national agreement to give some form of holiday back-pay for retained firefighters which looks likely to be agreed.

'This is something we had no warning of and we haven't got the resources to cover it. Decisions are made nationally without any thought as to who is going to pay for it.'
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