England's fire service began a 24-hour strike at 7.00am this morning as they branded changes to their pension schemes "unworkable".
Iain Leahair of the Fire Brigade Council told London Live that fire minister Penny Mordaunt had "quite frankly lied to parliament and lied to firefighters" when she told MPs firefighters who lose their role through no fault of their own will get full unreduced pension or another role. Mr Leahair said such a promise simply "cannot be delivered." He added that the strike today was Ms Mordaunt's fault and called for a "workable" guarantee that firefighters will have a secure pension after they have spent their working life serving the community and risking their lives for others.
The Department for Communities and Local Government issued a statement saying the strike was "unnecessary".