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star this property date less than 2014-03-26more like thismore than 2014-03-26
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of reductions in local government spending on the effectiveness of fire brigades. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coventry South remove filter
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Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
star this property uin 193997 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-03more like thismore than 2014-04-03
star this property answer text <p><em>[Holding Reply: Monday 31 March 2014]</em></p><p>Fire and rescue authorities are best placed to assess and manage their services and do this through integrated risk management planning. Fire and rescue authorities now attend 46 per cent fewer incidents than ten years ago and they allocate their resources according to local risk<em>.</em></p><p>There is still scope for fire and rescue authorities to make sensible savings, e.g. through reforms to flexible staffing and crewing arrangements, better procurement; shared services, collaboration with emergency services and other organisations on service delivery and estates, sickness management; sharing of senior staff, locally led mergers and operational collaborations, new fire-fighting technology, preventative approaches and working with local businesses.</p><p>In his independent review, Sir Ken Knight concluded that fire and rescue authorities need to transform themselves to reflect the entirely different era of risk and demand they now operate in.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth remove filter
star this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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less than 2014-04-03T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-03T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-03-26more like thismore than 2014-03-26
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to change the contribution rates to the Firefighters Pension Scheme. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coventry South remove filter
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Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
star this property uin 194054 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-03more like thismore than 2014-04-03
star this property answer text <p> </p><p><em>[Holding Reply: Monday 31 March 2014]</em></p><p>The Government response to the consultation on employee contribution rates to apply in the Firefighters' Pension Schemes from 1 April 2014 was published on 6 March alongside the amending regulations. The Government response can be found at <a href="http://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/firefighters-pension-scheme-1992-and-new-firefighters-pension-scheme-2006" target="_blank">www.gov.uk/government/consultations/firefighters-pension-scheme-1992-and-new-firefighters-pension-scheme-2006</a></p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth remove filter
star this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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less than 2014-04-03T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-03T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-03-26more like thismore than 2014-03-26
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of the appropriateness of the current recommended age of retirement for firefighters. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coventry South remove filter
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Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
star this property uin 194055 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-03more like thismore than 2014-04-03
star this property answer text <p> </p><p><em>[Holding Reply: Monday 31 March 2014]</em></p><p>An independent review for the Firefighters' Pension Committee in 2013 found that, under current practices, firefighters would be operationally fit at age 60 if they maintain a physically active and healthy lifestyle. One in three members of a firefighters' pension scheme is in the New Firefighters' Pension Scheme 2006, which already has a Normal Pension Age of 60. The Public Service Pensions Act 2013 set the Normal Pension Age for the reformed firefighters' pension scheme to be age 60 from 2015, in line with the recommendation from Lord Hutton's independent report.</p><p>A firefighter with a full career earning £29,000 will be able to retire at age 60 with a pension of £19,000 per annum. Firefighters will be able to retire before the scheme's Normal Pension Age with an actuarial reduction.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth remove filter
star this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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less than 2014-04-03T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-03T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-03-26more like thismore than 2014-03-26
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the role of firefighters in responding to the recent floods. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coventry South remove filter
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Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
star this property uin 194056 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-03more like thismore than 2014-04-03
star this property answer text <p> </p><p><em>[Holding Reply: Monday 31 March 2014]</em></p><p> </p><p>More than 1,000 firefighters from across the country assisted with the flood response over December, January and February. We are extremely grateful for the work that they did to reduce water levels and help communities deal with the flooding.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth remove filter
star this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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less than 2014-04-03T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-03T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-06-20more like thismore than 2014-06-20
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property hansard heading Fire Services: Pensions more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to hold a further formal public consultation on firefighters' pensions. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coventry South remove filter
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Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
star this property uin 201654 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-06-25more like thismore than 2014-06-25
star this property answer text <p> </p><p>Paragraph 3.3 of the current consultation states out that the Department will hold further consultations during 2014 on the governance and transitional arrangements for the firefighter pension reforms.</p><p> </p><p>The current consultation document, which closes on the 4 July, can be found at <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consultation-on-the-regulations-to-introduce-a-new-firefighters-pension-scheme-from-april-2015" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consultation-on-the-regulations-to-introduce-a-new-firefighters-pension-scheme-from-april-2015</a> and copies have been placed in the Library of the House.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth remove filter
star this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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less than 2014-06-25T15:38:21.5047737Zmore like thismore than 2014-06-25T15:38:21.5047737Z
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-06-30more like thismore than 2014-06-30
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property hansard heading Fire Services: Pensions more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will publish the research on the effect of age on aerobic capacity used by the Government in developing proposals regarding firefighters' pensions. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coventry South remove filter
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Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
star this property uin 203129 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-07-03more like thismore than 2014-07-03
star this property answer text <p> </p><p>The Government commissioned report <em>Normal Pension Age for Firefighters</em> found that there was no reason why every firefighter who stayed physically fit could not remain operational until age 60. It also found that where firefighters do lose their fitness, the vast majority are able to regain their fitness levels following a period of extra training. The report can be found at <a href="http://www.clg.heywood.co.uk/node/658" target="_blank">http://www.clg.heywood.co.uk/node/658</a>.</p><p> </p><p>There is no single fitness standard in fire and rescue authorities and Dr Williams' assessment was based on current practices amongst fire and rescue authorities.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Fitness regimes are a matter for local fire authorities as employers and no direct changes to this are being made with the 2015 scheme, which has the same pension age of 60 years as the firefighters pension scheme introduced in 2006.</p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth remove filter
star this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 203128 more like this
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less than 2014-07-03T15:36:17.5215259Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-03T15:36:17.5215259Z
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-06-30more like thismore than 2014-06-30
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property hansard heading Fire Services more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what research his Department has undertaken into the aerobic capacity required by the occupation fitness standards used by fire services that guarantees that firefighters are safe and effective in their ability to complete necessary roles within their occupation. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coventry South remove filter
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Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
star this property uin 203128 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-07-03more like thismore than 2014-07-03
star this property answer text <p> </p><p>The Government commissioned report <em>Normal Pension Age for Firefighters</em> found that there was no reason why every firefighter who stayed physically fit could not remain operational until age 60. It also found that where firefighters do lose their fitness, the vast majority are able to regain their fitness levels following a period of extra training. The report can be found at <a href="http://www.clg.heywood.co.uk/node/658" target="_blank">http://www.clg.heywood.co.uk/node/658</a>.</p><p> </p><p>There is no single fitness standard in fire and rescue authorities and Dr Williams' assessment was based on current practices amongst fire and rescue authorities.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Fitness regimes are a matter for local fire authorities as employers and no direct changes to this are being made with the 2015 scheme, which has the same pension age of 60 years as the firefighters pension scheme introduced in 2006.</p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth remove filter
star this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 203129 more like this
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less than 2014-07-03T15:36:17.5995754Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-03T15:36:17.5995754Z
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-06-30more like thismore than 2014-06-30
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property hansard heading Fire Services: Pensions more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what his policy is on the granting of full pensions to firefighters over 55 years old who are forced to retire due to naturally declining fitness levels. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coventry South remove filter
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Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-07-03more like thismore than 2014-07-03
star this property answer text <p> </p><p>If a firefighter is permanently incapacitated so as to be unable to undertake their role they will be eligible for an ill-health pension. Where a firefighter is not permanently incapacitated, fire and rescue authorities will support a firefighter in regaining their fitness. An independent report found that the vast majority of firefighters who lose their fitness will regain it following remedial training.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The New Firefighters' Pension Scheme 2006 provides fire and rescue authorities with the discretion to pay an unreduced pension to a firefighter having regard to the costs of the case and the economical, efficient and effective management of their functions; the draft Firefighters' Pension Scheme 2015 regulations contain a similar provision. In early June we made an offer to the Fire Brigades Union to work with the employers to develop a common approach to the use of this discretion. The Union rejected that offer and announced further strike action. Further details can be found in my letter of 5 June to the Chairmen of Fire and Rescue Authorities at:</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/318086/Letter_from_Brandon_Lewis_on_strike_action_5_June_2014_2.pdf" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/318086/Letter_from_Brandon_Lewis_on_strike_action_5_June_2014_2.pdf</a></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>I have placed a copy in the Library of the House.</p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth remove filter
star this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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less than 2014-07-03T15:39:01.3348443Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-03T15:39:01.3348443Z
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-06-30more like thismore than 2014-06-30
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property hansard heading Fire Services: Industrial Disputes more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if his Department will investigate the adequacy of the London Fire Brigade and other fire and rescue services' contingency arrangements for strikes. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coventry South remove filter
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Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
star this property uin 203131 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-07-03more like thismore than 2014-07-03
star this property answer text <p> </p><p>I refer the hon. Member to my answer to the hon. Member for West Ham (Lyn Brown) on 30 June 2014, <em>Official Report</em> Column 409-410W.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth remove filter
star this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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less than 2014-07-03T15:38:01.0863556Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-03T15:38:01.0863556Z
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-06-30more like thismore than 2014-06-30
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property hansard heading Fire Services: Industrial Disputes more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that fire and rescue services are providing adequate training to resilience crews to maintain the safety of the public in strikes and on similar occasions. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coventry South remove filter
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Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
star this property uin 203132 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-07-03more like thismore than 2014-07-03
star this property answer text <p> </p><p>The responsibility for training resilience crews for industrial action by the Fire Brigades Union, is entirely a matter for individual fire and rescue authorities.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth remove filter
star this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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less than 2014-07-03T15:37:08.9324686Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-03T15:37:08.9324686Z
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Jim Cunningham more like this