The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has announced that its members will be taking further strike action on Friday 13th December between the hours of 1800 hrs and 2200 hrs and again on Saturday 14th December between the hours of 1800hrs and 2200hrs. The national dispute is between the FBU and the Government, however emergency response by Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service in the County is likely to be affected.
Fire and Rescue cover in the event of a strike
Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service has a legal duty to provide the County of Norfolk with an emergency fire and rescue service and we have taken action to ensure the continuing provision of a reduced service during the strike. Levels of response
The level of response available from Norfolk Fire Service during any period of industrial action does not affect the likelihood of a fire occurring in your workplace or other premises. However, the vigilance and management of responsible persons can reduce the risk of fire.
In the week when MPs get an 11% pay rise and a brand spanking new pension scheme, (have I mentioned those before?) just so long as they stop claiming for tea and biscuits for the office, we get the disastrous (some may say criminally so) waste of millions/billions of pounds by Government.
I’ve mentioned before the odious Iain Duncan Smith’s Department for Work and Pensions and their ridiculous Universal Credit Scheme. By anybody’s best estimate it is due to WASTE at least £34,000,000 and possibly anything up to £130,000,000 because the IT system won’t work. Back to the Drawing Board there then.
Phillip Hammond’s Ministry of Defence is set to waste £7.4 million because he tried to privatise (that P word again) their procurement system and all but one of the bidders withdrew. I wonder why that could be? Maybe there’s not so much profit in procurement as the private side thought.
This is on top of my old friend “Aircraft Carriers” that I’ve ranted about before.
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) is encouraging residents to take extra care this weekend to protect their loved ones from the risks of fire.
This valuable advice comes as the Fire Brigades Union plan to hold two further periods of strike action on Friday 13 December and Saturday 14 December between 18:00 – 22:00 hours (on each day) as part of its dispute with the Government over pensions.
Assistant Chief Fire Officer Chris Lowther, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Friday and Saturday nights tend to be when people relax and enjoy themselves. Many people will be out socialising at Christmas parties and drinking alcohol, so we would encourage everyone to take extra care this weekend.
“More that 60% of fires attended by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service start in the kitchen. If people are going out, we are asking them not to cook when they get home. If you cook under the influence of alcohol, you could easily forget about it or worse, fall asleep. It isn't...
Firefighters in England and Wales will strike for the fifth and sixth times this weekend, between 6pm and 10pm on both Friday 13 and Saturday 14 December.
Matt Wrack, Fire Brigades Union General Secretary, said: “It’s now been almost two months since the government has been willing to meet for negotiations despite several invitations from us.
“Until they do and until they start to actually resolve the dispute, we’ll keep up the pressure for the sake of public safety and our members’ pensions.
“In a week when the full details of a £7,600 pay rise for MPs’ — which will also increase their pensions — emerged, firefighters’ anger at the governments unworkable, unaffordable and unfair proposals will be even greater.
“No firefighter wants to strike, but we cannot allow the government’s ludicrous proposals — and outright hypocrisy — to stand. We’ll keep on fighting until the government sees sense and comes back...
We are all aware that when in company the person who never stops talking or allowing anyone else to get a word in edgeways is generally not themost popular of people.IMHO similar consideration can be given to those who purport to be our governors.With the greater the number of papers or documents issued for “consultation” or instruction the law of diminishing returns comes into play.Such might be considered as apposite to some of the terms of the The Crime and Courts Act provisions of which came into force yesterday.
Those deemed most likely to affect magistrates (and D.J.s)are:-
·1.Community Orders- duty of courts to impose a punitive element in all community orders unless there are exceptional circumstances which would make doing so unjust (my italics)
·2.Deferred Sentences-A power to add a restorative justice requirement to a deferred sentence is being introduced
When we some commentators discuss the impact upon policing of things like mental health related demands, we often hear the words of the Home Secretary tripped out to defend a preferred view that such things are not core police business. The Home Secretary said in a Police Federation conference that it was the role of the police to “reduce crime – nothing more, nothing less.” So given that some twenty percent of policing is connected to mental health and that the legal duty upon police officers does actually go much further than fighting crime, where does this leave us?
Well, plenty of things support a view that it leaves us in a position where we are still going to have to pick up demands connected to mental health, even where there is no obvious link to crime, directly or indirectly. Searching for and recovering AWOL patients, requests to attend inpatient wards to restrain patients(!) as well as conveyance requests alongside or in lieu of the ambulance service. We know of ongoing problems in many areas – not mine,...
A joint initiative to tackle deliberate fires and associated anti-social behaviour (ASB) across Newcastle in the build-up to Bonfire Night this year has been hailed a success.
Bonfire Night is an exciting time, especially for children and young people. But with it comes many dangers from deliberate fires, misuse of fireworks and an increase in anti-social behaviour.
Through the Darker Nights programme, now in its fifth year, Safe Newcastle partners, including Newcastle City Council, Tyne Wear Fire and Rescue Service, Northumbria Probation Trust, Your Homes Newcastle and Northumbria Police have worked together to make the city a safer place.
Officers across the partnership focused their efforts on tackling the various problems that arise around 5 November such as fly tipping, illegal firework sales and stockpiling waste for illegal bonfires and taking action against those responsible. Newcastle has seen a 21.7% reduction in the number of deliberate fires across the city on...