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Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner’s Business Case for the transfer of Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service’s Governance.

In July 2021, the UK Government announced that Cumbria would be divided in to two unitary local authorities, replacing the current arrangement of the six district councils and the overarching County Council.

One of the outcomes of this change is that the governance responsibility of Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) needs to move to a new organisation as it currently sits with Cumbria County Council which will no longer exist as of 1 April 2023.

Following this announcement, the PCC developed a business case, utilising an independent consultancy company, BearingPoint, to review which of the two viable options of governance transfer provides the best outcome for the residents and services of Cumbria:

  • A Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria (PFCC) sees the governance of CFRS transferred to the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria and they would hold the sole responsibility for governance decisions of CFRS.
  • A Combined Fire and Rescue Authority (CFRA) sees elected members from the two new unitary local authorities form a panel which holds responsibility of the governance and governance decisions for CFRS.

The governance is the only aspect of Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service that will transfer to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, if successful. All operational matters remain with the Chief Fire Officer.

A consultation was launched on 26 January 2022 and ran for eight weeks, closing on 21 March 2022. The consultation was open to all members of the public and stakeholders to find out their views on where they believe governance should sit.

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