Shadow Minister for London, Sadiq Khan MP said:
“As both Shadow Minister for London, and from my time as Fire Minister under the last Labour government, I understand exactly how important the work of the Fire Service in London is. The London Fire Brigade are there for us when we need them, and now our firefighters need us as their pensions are under attack by this government.
“Over the last three years, this Tory-led government has continuously increased the proportion of firefighter’s salaries to be paid in pension contributions. As a result, a firefighter earning £29,000 must now put aside more than £4,000 per year - all with no guarantee of accessing their full entitlement on retirement. The reason for this is that should a firefighter retire at the age of 60, their pensions are heavily penalised. Yet government research shows that that by the age of 60, two in three firefighters will not meet the fitness requirements needed to perform in their job without risking public safety.
“I was proud to join my Labour colleagues in supporting Early Day Motion 454, and also to work with FBU members and the public to hold this government to account through an open debate and vote on these government measures in the House of Commons. This vote shows that only the Labour Party are on the sides of our firefighters – and I will continue to work alongside the FBU to ensure our firefighters get a fairer deal for the future.”