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The government has responded to the independent inquiry into the objections of 2 combined fire and rescue authorities (FRA), Cleveland and Dorset & Wiltshire FRA, who disagreed with the government’s proposal to amend their combination schemes to enable a PCC to request to sit on the FRA with voting rights.
Jim Barron CBE was appointed as an independent person to consider the objections of FRAs, the position of other relevant stakeholders such as the PCCs and the government’s position and to then come to a judgement on the strength of objection. The inquiry concluded that the objections presented did not carry sufficient strength to prevent the provisions from being made. As such, the schemes should be amended to enable the PCCs to sit on the authorities as a member with voting rights, where the FRA agrees.
The government has carefully considered the outcome of the inquiry, and has decided to insert the relevant enabling provisions to both combination schemes, in addition to amendments to the combination schemes of FRAs who were supportive of the proposal.
You can download the inquiry report and government response, including further clarification to the 2 FRAs to address their arguments regarding political balance, extending the right to a PCC to appoint a deputy, and membership allowance.
These provisions will enable police and crime commissioners and combined fire and rescue authorities (FRAs) to consider the ‘representation model’ as an option for promoting greater collaboration between the 2 services. As required by the 2004 Act, before such amendments are made to a combined FRAs combination scheme, we are conducting this consultation to seek views of affected stakeholders.