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Unison members vote to strike over pensions

Public sector workers set to walk out on 30 November as government and union bosses row over 29% ballot turnout

Fire service spending cuts risk lives

West Midlands fire service is facing £30m of proposed budget cuts over the next four years – the biggest cut to a fire brigade in the UK. With bonfire night approaching, Cameron Robertson visits Aston fire station in Birmingham to find out how its firefighters see the future of the service

‘Cash crisis’ threatens future of London fire service.

Firefighters raise fears over financial problems at debt-laden company that owns engines and equipment

Unions take legal action over change in public sector pensions

Six public sector unions demand that courts overturn switch in index-linked pensions from RPI to CPI

Unions go to high court over public sector pensions

Judges asked to rule on whether ministers broke the law when they switched uprating of pensions and benefits to CPI as opposed to historically higher RPI

Beko fridge freezers in fire warning

Up to 500,000 faulty Beko models could be in homes. Tower block blaze caused by fridge freezer, says fire service.

7/7 inquest: Breakdown in communication did not cost lives

Emergency services welcome ruling as Lady Justice Hallett raised concerns about lack of funding to London Air Ambulance.

M1 motorway blaze was started deliberately, say fire chiefs

London fire brigade says investigation into scrapyard fire that closed the M1 motorway has been handed over to police.

Fire safety defects at care home for elderly contributed to 14 deaths, inquiry finds

Fire safety procedures at a care home for the elderly where an electrical fire claimed the lives of 14 residents were “systematically and seriously defective”, a fatal accident inquiry has ruled.

Mutuals set to take over public services

Will employee-owned co-operatives be equipped to provide efficient public services such as the fire service?

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