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Co-Responder Schemes

Co-Responder Schemes

The RFU has always supported the use of Co-Responder schemes within the Fire Service.

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RFU Response to Home Secretary Speech on Fire Reform

Today the Home Secretary, Rt Hon Theresa May MP gave her first official speech on the government’s vision for the Fire Service since its move away from the DCLG. The key points of the speech were: Independent inspections Improve diversity within the workforce Great transparency towards the public National Joint Council (NJC) reform Involvement of Police and Crime […]

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Home Secretary Speech on Fire Reform – 24 May 2016

Rt Hon Theresa May MP, Home Secretary, speech outlining her views on fire reform, her first on the subject since the Home Office took over responsibility for it in January 2016.  Thank you, Andrew. It is a great pleasure to be here today to talk to one of Britain’s leading think tanks on public service reform. […]

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Suffolk amend proposals following consultation

Following their consultation process earlier this year, Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service has amended their original proposals in an effort to provide £1 million of savings. The amended proposals (below) will be proposed at a Council’s Cabinet meeting on 17 May: Maintain the existing two fire engines and the on-call fire fighters at Sudbury Fire […]

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Trade Union Bill receives Royal Assent and becomes the Trade Union Act

The Trade Union Bill received Royal Assent today and becomes the Trade Union Act. Key provisions are:- requirement for at least 50% turnout in votes for industrial action in certain public services, including in the health, education, transport, border security and fire sectors, an additional threshold of 40% of support to take industrial action from […]

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Check-Off facility to remain

Last summer the government launched its consultation process for their Trade Union Bill which has now been through both the House of Commons and House of Lords. Overall the RFU welcomed the bill which included reforms relating to Picketing and ballot thresholds. However, one key proposal would have seen the removal of the facility ‘check-off’, […]

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