Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co

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More comfort for public authorities on resource allocation decisions

LB Islington is the latest in the line of cases challenging cuts to services as a result of the straitened circumstances in which public bodies now find themselves. Here, Wragge & Co outlines the background to the case and the court’s decision and provides a comment on its impact for public bodies.

In July 2013, the second defendant London Fire Commissioner put forward a plan with the following principal effects: (1) the closure of 10 London fire stations; (2) the decommissioning of 14 fire appliances; and (3) the reduction by 552 in the number of firefighters in London.

The need for substantial cuts in London fire services’ expenditure during financial years 2012–13 and 2013–14 led to the plan’s development. Fire services throughout the country have faced similar challenges due to reduced support from central government. This was the first occasion when cuts to front-line services in London had to be considered…

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