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Public consultation on Leicestershire fire station closure starts

Two fire stations are earmarked for closure Credit: ITV News Central

A public consultation into plans to close two fire stations in Leicestershire and replace some fire engines with smaller vehicles begins today.

People have until December to comment on the proposals to close Central and Kibworth stations to save money over the next five years.

Richard Chandler, Chief Fire Officer at Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, says they're open to ideas from the public about how to save money.


Report: Leicestershire Fire Service plans closures and possible redundancies

A fire station in the centre of Leicester is one of two which could be closed down to save money. The county's fire and rescue service could also make a number of firefighters redundant.

The plans would see the closure of Central fire station, near the University of Leicester, along with Kibworth, near Market Harborough.

Some firefighters affected by the plans are thought to have found the news out on social media. ITV News Central's Stacey Foster reports.

Rise in people needing help to pay rent

There has been a large rise in the number of people in Birmingham needing help to pay their rent Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

People in Birmingham are finding it harder to afford their rent following Government welfare reforms, according to Birmingham City Council.

There were almost 2,000 applications for help to pay for housing in the first two weeks of April - immediately after the Spare Room Subsidy or "Bedroom Tax" was introduced.

Discretionary Housing Payments were introduced in 2001 so local authorities could provide short-term payments to people facing problems with their housing costs. The Council says the system is struggling to cope.


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