All 27 Greater Manchester MPs have written to both Andy Burnham in his capacity as Mayor and additionally to the newly appointed Minister for Policing and the Fire Service regarding the cuts we have seen to the Fire Service as a result of austerity.
We have asked the Minister to halt the agenda of austerity imposed upon our services which has seen the Fire Service severely crippled whilst facing an ever growing demand for their help.
In Oldham we have seen an increase in fires across the borough demanding a fully fit and responsive Fire Service. The Government must act now before even more lasting damage is caused.
The proposed cuts to Greater Manchester Fire Service have been deferred for now by Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, however the cuts are still very much a reality and we must push the government to fully fund our essential services.
This is a moral imperative, not a political choice.