WREXHAM MP Ian Lucas Emergency service funding cuts are hitting the front line

News from Ian Lucas

30 November 2016

CUTS to funding to public services are causing pressure across the UK.

That is the view of Wrexham MP Ian Lucas, who attended a Fire Brigades Union lobby in Parliament yesterday to discuss issues around the Fire Service with constituents.

He said: “The constituent I met yesterday works in Cheshire, and told me that there are real pressures on the Fire Service there which are being caused by Government funding cuts. We see those pressures here in Wrexham too – there are proposals for cuts to the number of appliances based in Wrexham being considered by North Wales Fire and Rescue Service. 

“I have written to the Fire Authority to make clear my opposition to those cuts – and I would urge anyone else who is opposed to make their views known to the Authority too.

“These pressures are part of a wider pattern of underfunding of public services by the Conservative UK Government – cuts which include our emergency services. 

“For instance, Parliamentary questions which I have put down show that the number of police officers fell in North Wales from 1,609 in 2010 to 1,478 in 2016. That is more than a hundred officers whose jobs have been cut – and the effect is being seen on our streets.

“Our emergency services are being asked to do more and more, but are not receiving the investment they need. 

“Criticism of the effects of these cuts should not just be made at a local level – they are affecting services right across the country. 

“I will continue to make clear my concerns about funding cuts to public services in the Houses of Parliament, to the Ministers who are responsible for those cuts.”