The Gathering Storm: Modernisation, Local Alignment and Collaboration. Fire and Rescue Services Under the Early New Labour Administrations from 1997 to 2005

  • Peter MurphyEmail author
  • Kirsten Greenhalgh


This chapter recounts one of the most interesting but surprisingly confusing stories of the labour governments’ period from 1997 to 2005. The governments’ initial ‘modernisation’ agenda was generally welcomed by other public services. However, much needed and acknowledged, modernisation of the fire services was slower to materialise and in this early period firmly resisted. Although the fire service eventually was to become positively and proactively engaged in the service improvement agenda, this chapter focusses on the complex and fascinating earlier period of 1997–2005. This was dominated by the transfer of policy responsibility away from the Home Office and by the second national strike and resulting problems with reform of industrial relations. This ran alongside the modernisation reforms in governance, performance management and service delivery.


New Labour Modernisation National strike Best value Integrated Risk Management Planning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent UniversityNottinghamUK
  2. 2.Nottingham University Business School, University of NottinghamNottinghamUK

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