This Government does not believe that industrial action is necessary. The pension on offer to firefighters is one of the most generous in the public sector.
After two years of discussions and improved terms firefighters will still get one of the most generous public service pensions – £26,000 a year, when including the £7,000 state pension. Someone in the private sector would have to contribute twice as much to get the same pension.
All 46 fire and rescue authorities in England have robust contingency plans.
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Brighter but colder conditions with scattered showers. Showers turning increasingly to sleet and snow throughout the day.
Early rain will soon be followed by blustery and increasingly wintry showers, giving way to a brighter but colder afternoon.
A largely mild, cloudy night with outbreaks of rain becoming more persistent from the northwest, perhaps turning heavy in places too.