Another Turn of the Screw: Fire and Rescue Under the Coalition Government of 2010–2015

  • Peter MurphyEmail author
  • Laurence Ferry


Following the recession in 2008 and the general election in 2010, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrat parties led the first coalition government of modern times. Radical change for public services was back on the agenda and the Fire and Rescue Services (FRSs) was no exception. National economic policy resulted in ever-longer restrictions on public expenditure and an era of austerity, originally envisaged as being for 2 years, in reality dominated public service delivery throughout the 5-year administration (and beyond). The experience of the service under the 5 years of the coalition government is the focus of more detailed analysis and discussion in the following chapters. This chapter provides the overview of the years 2010–2015.


Localism Austerity Public sector financial reductions New national framework Coalition government 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent UniversityNottinghamUK
  2. 2.Durham University Business School, Durham UniversityDurhamUK

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