Local government partnerships key to National Framework.(Parliamentary Roundup)

The National Framework--setting out a shared strategy for government and fire authorities to deliver their goals--has ambitious targets for the Fire and Rescue Service, according to Fire Minister Nick Raynsford. "Our overriding aim is to create a Service that saves more lives and reduces unnecessary injuries through more effective prevention work. That is why, as part of this year's Spending Review, we announced a new Public Service Agreement that commits us to achieving long-term reductions in fire deaths and deliberate fires, including real progress in the most disadvantaged areas.

"The purpose of the National Framework is to provide strategic direction from central government while ensuring that authorities continue to make local decisions. …

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