Transitional funding announced.(News)

Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has agreed that, subject to assurances of progress on modernisation, fire authorities in England and Wales should share up to 30m [pounds sterling] transitional funding for the Service pay deal. The Scottish Executive and Northern Ireland Administration are making their own arrangements.

ODPM will pay the funding to English fire and rescue authorities by grant under Section 31 of the Local Government Act 2003; and determine its distribution pro rata to the existing SSA. …

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