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The full business case – developed under Phase 2 – was presented to PCC Lorne Green in July 2018.

After careful consideration, the PCC was convinced there was enough evidence for ‘A Case for Change’ of governance and on Wednesday 11 July he launched a consultation to give the Norfolk public the opportunity to have a direct say.

The ‘A Case for Change’ public consultation ran for eight weeks, closing to responses at 5pm on Wednesday 5 September 2018.

The results of the consultation process will be published on the OPCCN website in due course.

Clarity on presentation of consultation responses
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk (OPCCN) would like to offer some clarity on the presentation of comments and feedback from the recent fire governance consultation.

All comments and feedback submitted in response to the PCC’s consultation will be considered and taken into account by Lorne Green in making a decision on how to proceed. In order to ensure transparency in this process, all comments and feedback will also be made public; they will be published on the Norfolk PCC website and included in the full consultation report.

For the purpose of publishing the consultation responses, it is necessary for some redacting of some individual words and remarks to take place. There are instances in the feedback received where people have included their own personal information – such as names, addresses, email addresses – or other people’s personal information. To protect those details, it is right and proper that such content is redacted from the comments before they are made publicly available. There are also instances were individuals have used abusive or offensive language in their responses. The OPCCN will not publish this language – the sentiment of the comment will remain, but those words/phrases may be redacted. The same applies for anything found to be libellous.

If a remark or comment is redacted, that person’s vote and views will still be counted and considered.

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.

If appropriate, submission to the Secretary of State would take place in Autumn 2018.