West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has welcomed the decision by Lancashire Police & Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw to abandon plans for his takeover of Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service.

Mr Grunshaw had commissioned a business case for Police and Fire Governance which would have placed himself at the top of the chain and responsible for both emergency services and budgets.

Many MPs and councillors across Lancashire from both Labour and Conservative spoke out against the plans, which were also strongly rejected by the Fire Brigades Union.

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“It’s good to see some common sense prevail and that the governance arrangements for our emergency services will be kept under separate systems.

“This appears to be a government-backed initiative which would only serve to harm the autonomy of each service, and no doubt lead to merging and cutting of budgets even further.

“The Commissioner has indicated that he is working with the Lancashire Fire Authority ‘with a view to enhancing closer collaboration’ which seems far more sensible than the business case he had been pursuing.”

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