Cardiff Council reject government fire service reforms
The City Council say proposals to reduce the number of councillors on Fire and Rescue Authorities across Wales will lead to a democratic deficit.
At the moment Cardiff Council has five councillors on the South Wales Fire and Rescue Authority. But under Welsh government plans that would be cut to one.
Similar cuts would affect other local authorities around the country.
It’s part of wider plans to change the way the services are funded and managed by local authorities.
But Cardiff Council say they won’t support the cut in councillor members.
The council say “This reform would… represent a reduction in the Council’s proportional membership of the FRA from 21% to 10%, when the Council currently contributes 24% of funding contributions for the FRA.
“Cardiff Council would not support this proposal and is very concerned that this proposal would represent a shift away from the current proportional representation (on both population and funding) and would therefore represent an erosion of the Council’s – and the people of Cardiff’s – democratic representation on the South Wales FRA.”
The Liberal Democrat Councillor for Pentwyn, Dan Naughton, says these reforms would not just be a loss for Cardiff, but all large authorities.
“Obviously Cardiff’s population is bigger, so there would still be a bigger share of funds collected from Cardiff.
“And it’s not just Cardiff, it’s RCT and other large authorities who would have less of a say, so all the large authorities would lose the voice they have right now.”
Members of the public have until February 5th to respond to the reforms.
The Welsh government has been approached for comment.