London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority

Wednesday 19 March 2014, 10:00am

Motion detail

That the report be noted and that this Assembly also notes that the Mayor is minded in the short term, to seek a reduction of elected Members on the London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) and replace them with his appointees and in the longer term, to replace LFEPA with a MOPAC-style governance structure.

This Assembly believes that it is important that the London Fire Brigade is governed by elected Members, representing the views of the whole of London and who can provide a check and balance on the Mayor’s powers.

The Mayor’s proposal to increase his appointees by 4, from 2 to 6, jeopardises the democratic integrity of the Authority. Rather than looking at improving the leadership on the Authority, the Mayor is advocating the drastic measure of changing the governance of the London Fire Brigade to effectively manufacture an inbuilt majority more likely to agree with the Mayor than the political balance within the Assembly and London Councils would otherwise suggest is appropriate.

This Assembly condemns these proposals and demands that the Mayor instead works with the Assembly to develop proposals that would provide strong leadership, accountability and democratic representation to improve the provision of the fire and rescue service to Londoners.