A controversial plan for the Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner to take over the running of the county’s fire brigade has been put on hold, a move welcomed by Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner and Nicky Massey Labour’s candidate for the Police and Crime Commissioner.
The controversial plan which was introduced by the previous shamed Police and Crime Commissioner had been subject to judicial reviews.
The Home Office confirmed today “it will not be possible for the Department to make a transfer prior to the elections in May 2021.”
Mr Zeichner opposed the plan throughout. He said: “This is a victory for firefighters, the FBU and local people who have long fought these plans. I am sure there are more democratic and devolved models of governance. I had feared this was a done deal so am delighted at the decision today. Now we need to turn this pause into a full stop. Firefighters’ role as independent and impartial life-savers enables them to reach all communities, in difficult circumstances – this must be protected.”
Ms Massey said: “Unlike the Tories, as PCC I won’t be making ill thought through land grabs. Police officers and firefighters perform very different roles and this should be reflected in their management structures. The plans do not represent value for money and could even jeopardise the continuity and resilience which the police service relies on to operate effectively.”