The Home Office is developing a further programme of fire and rescue service reform based around three strands: people, professionalism and governance. A white paper will shortly be published in the summer of 2021 outlining a number of reform proposals for the public and those in the fire sector to comment upon. Further information will be available on this page when the white paper is published.
Read a written ministerial statement from the Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, the Home Secretary, on the concluding Part One of the Police and Crime Commissioner review which outlines the Government’s reform proposals and potential governance changes: Written statements - Written questions, answers and statements - UK Parliament.
In 2016, the government announced their ambition to support the continuous improvement of fire and rescue services. The intention was to make services more accountable, effective and professional than ever before. The reforms were to:
- create an independent body, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services, to inspect and report on fire and rescue services
- improve diversity in the workforces of fire and rescue services
- publish more data about fire and rescue services so they can be held to account
- develop professional standards for fire and rescue services
- help services to buy goods and services more efficiently
- allow Police and Crime Commissioners to take charge of fire and rescue services where it’s in the community’s interest
Read a 2017 speech from the Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP, the then Minister for Policing and the Fire Service, on his vision for the fire sector: Fire Minister's speech to Reform
Read a 2017 statement from the Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP, then then Minister for Policing and the Fire Service to Parliament on how the reforms are progressing: Fire reform:Written statement - HCWS464
Read a 2016 speech from the then Home Secretary, the Rt Hon Theresa May MP, outlining the fire reform programme: Home Secretary speech on fire reform