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Fire Authority

Update on the Progress of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Business Case

Julia Mulligan, the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), submitted her Local Business Case to the Home Secretary in October. The business case proposes a transfer of governance of North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (NYFRS), from the current North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority to a Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner. An independent assessment of the business case is currently being undertaken as both North Yorkshire County Council and the City of York Council objected to the proposal. This is being carried out by a director of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountancy (CIPFA) and is expected to be completed by early January 2018. Following the assessment, the Home Secretary will make a final decision on whether the PCC should take on the governance of NYFRS. If the Home Secretary decides in favour, the necessary legislation would then be put before Parliament for three months, meaning any change of governance would be completed at the earliest in June 2018.

 Fire Authority Response to Launch of Police and Crime Commissioner Business Case

The Fire Authority Chair, Councillor Backhouse,  issued the following statement, setting out the Fire Authority’s position:

The Fire Authority considers that the PCC has not set out an evidenced case for an irreversible transfer of governance from the Fire Authority to the PCC. Instead we believe it would be better if the PCC were to become a voting member on the Authority, alongside existing councillors.

Our proposal balances costs, savings, collaboration and public safety in an appropriate and risk assessed way and still keeps options for change open for the future, if necessary.

External reviews have consistently confirmed that the Authority has strong governance arrangements already. We believe that these arrangements can be further enhanced by the addition of the PCC on the Authority. We want to ensure that any future governance structure does not de-stabilise the organisation.

The Authority believes in greater collaboration with a wide range of partners, not just with the police, and our proposed model of governance would deliver this.”

Fire Authority Proposal for the Representation Model

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority's alternative proposal to that set out in the business case developed by the PCC for a transfer of governance from the current Authority to the PCC can be read here.

Fire Authority Response to Consultation

The formal response to the consultation from North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority can be viewed here.

The Combined Fire Authority

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority came into being in April 1996 when local government re-organisation created a Combined Fire Authority (CFA) representing the areas of North Yorkshire County Council and the City of York Council.

Functions of the Fire Authority

The duties and powers of the new Combined Fire Authority are contained within the Fire and Rescue Services Act, 2004. This prescribes the framework within which all fire authorities must operate. See also Regulatory Responsibilities.

The Fire Authority has specific responsibilities in directing and monitoring the role of the Fire Service. 

Members of the Fire Authority

Members of the Fire Authority are elected from each of the two authorities. The number of members for each authority is determined by the size of the electoral representation within each authority. The proportional representation is shown below:

North Yorkshire County Council: 12 Seats
City of York Council: 4 Seats

 

Val Arnold

Conservative

North Yorkshire County Council

 Cllr Val Arnold

Keith Aspden

Liberal Democrat

City of York Council

Cllr Aspden

Andrew Backhouse (Chair)

Conservative

North Yorkshire County Council
 

 Cllr Andrew Backhouse

Philip Barrett

Independent

North Yorkshire County Council

 Cllr Philip Barrett

David Blades

Conservative

North Yorkshire County Council

 Cllr David Blades

 David Ireton

 Conservative

North Yorkshire County Council

Cllr David Ireton

Lars Kramm

Green

City of York Council 

 Cllr Kramm

Stanley Lumley

Conservative

North Yorkshire County Council

 Cllr Lumley

Stuart Martin MBE

Conservative

North Yorkshire County Council

 Cllr Martin

Danny Myers

Labour

City of York Council

Cllr Danny Myers
Chris Pearson 

Conservative 

North Yorkshire County Council

 Cllr Chris Pearson

Tony Randerson

Labour

North Yorkshire County Council

 Cllr Tony Randerson

Tony Richardson (Vice-Chairman)

Conservative

City of York Council

 Cllr Richardson

Helen Swiers

Conservative

North Yorkshire County Council

 Cllr Helen Swiers

Geoff Webber

Liberal Democrat

North Yorkshire County Council

 Cllr Webber

Robert Windass

Conservative

North Yorkshire County Council

 Cllr Windass

 

 

 

 

 

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