West Midlands fire service has said it faces a 46% cut in its budget, from £119m in 2010-11 to £94m in 2019-2020 [Image: Jac Depczyk/Getty Images].

West Midlands fire service has said it faces a 46% cut in its budget, from £119m in 2010-11 to £94m in 2019-2020 [Image: Jac Depczyk/Getty Images].

So, deaths in fires have risen, and the Conservative Government is cutting fire brigade budgets.

There’s a connection there, but This Writer isn’t sure the Tories will be able to grasp what it is. Now, why’s that?

Could it be because we’re discussing evidence, whereas the Conservative Government is only interested in its own ideology – fuelled by blind ignorance?

It seems likely we all know the answer to that.

Chief fire officers have warned that further budget cuts pose a risk to community safety as official figures revealed the biggest increase in fire deaths for a decade.

Their warning comes as MPs vote on Tuesday on a Labour move to block the takeover of the fire service by police and crime commissioners, who face election next month.

The latest figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government show that 294 people died in fires in England during 2015, an increase of 21% compared with the 242 deaths recorded in 2014 and the largest increase since figures were published in 2001-02.

The rise comes after a decade in which the long-term trend in the death toll from fires fell, from a peak of 469 in 2003.

The chief fire officers from the six largest English cities outside London said the rise was worrying as the fire service faces budget cuts of up to 50% by 2020, from the 2010 benchmark.

Source: Fire deaths rise by 21% as chiefs issue cuts warning | UK news | The Guardian

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