That this House is concerned that 160 frontline firefighter posts have been cut in Essex since 2008 and current plans would bring those losses to one in five since 2008; recognises the impact this will have on response times to house fires; notes that despite an increase in the total budget by 7 million since 2008, the frontline budget has been underspent by 1.6 million; further notes that the fire authority has a financial reserve of 12 million; and calls on the Department for Communities and Local Government to urge fire authorities to use their reserves, where available, to limit frontline cuts affecting 999 emergency response services.

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