Julie Elliott MP

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Rethink needed over demands for pension repayments

This week in Parliament I asked the Home Secretary to think again about demands for pension repayments from the Tyne and Wear Fire Service.

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Our fire service has already lost hundreds of firefighters since 2010 as a direct result of Government cuts, and firefighters who risk their lives to keep us safe are facing a pay cap for the foreseeable future.

I’m really worried that the Home Office’s demands for the service to pay back £10 million it claimed to pay their workers’ pensions would leave the service even more stretched and could have dangerous consequences.

That’s why I’m in the process of arranging a meeting with Nick Hurd, the Minister responsible for this area of Government policy. I will be seeking the assurances that people in my city need.

I can assure people in Sunderland and the wider region that I will always fight to protect our fire service so they can continue protecting us all.

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