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[Image: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian.]

[Image: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian.]

Firefighters in England will stage a fresh strike today over their increasingly bitter dispute with the Government over pensions, according to Politics UK.

Thousands of members of the Fire Brigades Union are expected to join a lunchtime rally in Westminster before lobbying MPs to support their campaign against controversial changes to pensions and retirement age.

Brigades across the country will put contingency plans into place, amid warnings that a normal service will not be provided during the 24-hour walkout from 7am, with less serious incidents such as fire alarms and bin fires left unattended.

The union said improvements to pension arrangements had been made in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, but an “unworkable” scheme was being imposed by the Westminster government.

The FBU has accused fire minister Penny Mordaunt of misleading Parliament after she told MPs that if a firefighter loses fitness through no fault of their own, they should get another role or a full, unreduced pension.

The union said fire authorities across the country had failed to back up the minister’s “guarantee”.

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