COVENTRY, England — The jobs of almost 1,500 West Midlands firefighters have been secured — after bosses put up Council Tax by £5. The rise, to be introduced from April, will generate an extra £3 million for the emergency service, safeguarding both jobs and fire stations.
It will also lead to the first recruitment drive in three years. Fire chiefs had previously raised the spectre of compulsory redundancies and station closures amid fears of funding cuts. But bosses won permission to generate cash by raising the organisation's share of Council Tax, adding £5 a year to the bill of an average Band D home.
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