Tory broken promises on flooding – Firefighter cuts in Lancashire are putting flood victims safety at risk despite Cameron’s “money no object” promise.
David Cameron has broken his promises on dealing with the risk of flooding. In the aftermath of the 2014 floods he promised that “money is no object” but cuts to fire services are putting flood victims’ safety at risk.
Lancashire Fire and Rescue Authority lost 162 full time staff since 2011, there are currently 667 down from 829, a 20% reduction.
Cat Smith MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood said:
"Our local firefighters have done a great job in the recent flooding but government cuts are a huge concern when it comes to future resilience."
Kerry McCarthy MP, Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said:
“Every fire fighter will tell you that every second counts when it comes to saving lives, so cuts to number of firefighters is very worrying.
These cuts are extremely concerning as it looks like the UK is going to be faced with more and more freak weather events at a time with fire service provision is going down.
David Cameron promised in 2010 that front line fire services would be protected but he and George Osborne have broken that promise and are putting public safety at risk.”