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Fire Services: Cost Effectiveness

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 10 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what target for Gershon savings the Government has set for (a) each stand alone fire authority and (b) each fire authority which is part of a local authority (i) in total and (ii) as a proportion of expenditure. (177244)

[holding answer 9 January 2008]: At the start of SR04, all Fire and Rescue Authorities (FRAs) in England were set a national target to achieve £105 million gross cashable efficiency gains in the years 2005-06 to 2007-08. FRAs were not set individual authority efficiency targets. The evidence received by the Department to date indicates that FRAs are set to exceed this target and have already achieved approximately £132.9 million in cashable efficiency gains in 2005-06 and 2006-07. Based on forecast figures provided by FRAs, a further £44 million will be achieved in 2007-08.

Cashable efficiency gains by authority type to the end of 2006-07 are as follows:


Metropolitan Fire and Rescue Authorities


Combined authorities




County authorities




FRAs in England are being set a national target of a further £110 million of net cashable efficiency gains for the CSR07 period.