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Having considered the evidence gathered by Grant Thornton through an options appraisal at Phase 1 of the project, PCC Lorne Green took the decision in February 2018 to progress to Phase 2 – full exploration of the potential benefits of a change to fire governance and development of a draft local business case.

That business case will include an assessment of how a change of fire governance would be in the interests of either:

  • Economy, efficiency and effectiveness; or
  • Public safety.

Phase 2 is currently underway. Once complete, PCC Lorne Green will consider the draft business case presented by Grant Thornton to decide whether a local case for change has been made.

If, at that point, the PCC is convinced by the evidence that there is, indeed, a case for change, he will launch a public consultation on the draft business case giving the Norfolk public the opportunity to have a direct say.

Having considered the consultation responses, the PCC will then decide whether he wishes to proceed with his proposal and, if so, submit a final business case to the Secretary of State.

The Secretary of State will then consider whether the case made is in the interests of economy, efficiency and effectiveness, or public safety, and, if satisfied the statutory tests have been met, make an order for the PCC to take on Fire and Rescue Service governance in Norfolk.

The anticipated timeline for this process is as follows:

  • Publication of a draft local business case – Early Summer 2018
  • Launch of a public consultation (if appropriate) – Summer 2018
  • Submission to the Secretary of State (if appropriate) – Autumn 2018.