Hosted: Online via Zoom
Date: Monday 1st October 2021
Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Cllr Rachel Bailey - Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service
Andy Bevon - Shropshire Fire & Rescue Service
Graham Biggs MBE - Rural Services Network
Neil Griffiths - Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service
David Inman - Rural Services Network
Adrian Jenkins - Pixel Financial Management
Cllr Roger Phillips - Herefordshire Council
Martin Reohorn - Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service
Rob MacDougall - Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service
Adam Matthews - Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service
Matthew Warren - Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service
Presentation by Adrian Jenkins, Founder & Chief Analyst, Pixel Financial Management
|Please note that a copy of Adrian Jenkins’ (Founder & Chief Analyst, Pixel Financial Management) presentation outlining what was discussed during the meeting is available only to members of the Rural Services Network (RSN). If you are a member of the RSN and would like to receive a copy the presentation, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the title date and title of meeting and a request for full notes and presentation, and we will forward you this information.|
Adrian Jenkins updated those in attendance about the general position regarding Local Government funding and the position he saw in relation to the Fire Service. It was uncertain what hand the Home Office might want to play in terms of a review of the current system. Due to delays caused by Brexit and COVID-19, there was no progress made on the Fair Funding/ Needs and Resources Review. In terms of Local Government generally, the intended implementation of the review is likely to be delayed until 2025 or 2026. Adrian concluded it was worth establishing a rural case in relation to rural Fire & Rescue services.
It was decided that there was merit in considering pursuing this matter with colleagues. Graham Biggs offered to work with Adrian Jenkins to write the first draft of a questionnaire to distribute to all RSN Fire Group Members. The questionnaire would be in two parts. The first part would examine the financial considerations; the second part would outline the social case (including governance issues) that was also considered to be of major importance. The draft questionnaire would be circulated to all attendees at this meeting for comment before distribution to the wider membership.
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