Welcome to the latest emergency services sector briefing.
It has been a busy first quarter of 2017. The Policing and Crime Act 2017 is now in place introducing a number of measures including giving police and crime commissioners the option of taking on responsibility for the governance of local fire and rescue services and placing a duty for emergency services to explore collaboration opportunities.
In addition to providing a deeper look at the Act, in this briefing we; examine the latest PEEL reports for leadership, legitimacy and effectiveness; explore the Public Accounts Committee report on the Emergency Services Network which features some strong recommendations for government regarding testing and implementation; and we take a look at the Thomas review finally published by the government 20 months after its commencement and which includes a host of recommendations for conditions of service for fire and rescue staff in England.
Furthermore we look at a recent speech by Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Service, Brandon Lewis, who announced a whole host of new initiatives for the fire sector.
Our emergency services sector update provides insight and information into new developments affecting the sector and poses the key questions your Committees need to consider when identifying and managing their risks.