A move to stop supplying and fitting free smoke detectors to homes in Norfolk should be put on ice to find other ways of paying for them, councillors have said.

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As part of Norfolk County Council’s Putting People First consultation, aimed at partially plugging a £189m funding gap, the council is proposing saving £80,000 by no longer supplying and fitting the alarms.

At a meeting of the council’s fire and rescue services overview and scrutiny panel today, councillors called for the cut to be put on hold, so alternatives could be explored.

Conservative councillor Nigel Dixon proposed a motion, which was agreed, that the smoke detector cut should be put in abeyance until a working group of councillors had explored other ways of paying for them.

Fellow Conservative Nigel Shaw suggested insurance companies could be approached to see if they might offer money to keep the scheme going.

And Green councillor Adrian Dearnley said: “Insurance companies spend thousands sponsoring sporting events and it might be nice for them to do something like this for the community.”

Dan Roper, Liberal Democrat cabinet member for public protection said he would welcome such help. He said: “I am happy to look at anything that keeps this going, as long as that money does not come from our revenue budget.”

The fire service would have to make £1.77m savings in 2014/15.

10 comments

  • I don't object to the Council installing fire alarms in THEIR properties, we have got fire alarms in our property that we own, to me it's a bit like you adding a fire alarm in your neighbours house that they own, why would you want to do that., protecting your own home would come first. If insurance companies offered free fire alarms with buildings and contents insurance and then added a special clause, something like as long as the alarms are installed correctly you will be covered for fire claims, I think that would be a good idea and encourage people to have them. It would save insurance companies a lot of money but more importantly save lives.

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    melalmighty

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • "NCC Putting People First" !. It should be "NCC Putting Council Tenants First" as it is these who get these alarms. I object to NCC wasting my tax money on council tenants. Let them buy their own.

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    "V"

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • ...."The cost of smoke detectors is so low (from £5 each)"......£3.15 online price....and that includes delivery.

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    Rhombus

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • The cost of smoke detectors is so low (from £5 each) people can afford to buy their own. How much does it cost to fit them and how many each year for it to cost £80,000?

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    andy

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • Or perhaps people should simply buy their own?

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    Norfolk John

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • I can't see why people should be relying on the local council to provide smoke detectors for their homes, what a waste of my money, stop it now.

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    parkeg1

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • A stitch in time and all that. I wonder what the economic costs of one single fatal fire are? But then I suppose those come out of somebody else's budget.

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    Cyril the Canary

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • Call for insurance companies to take up the slack in Governments and get active in keeping our policy contributions as low as possible, by building some sea defences and reservoirs.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • Why should they be FREE !! I have always paid for mine,as most people ! I just wonder what social group picks up on this free service ?

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    Albert Cooper

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • mealalmighty. Fire claims are covered with or without a detector unless its a condition to have them. Why add in the potential excuse for an Insurer to decline a claim that he would normally pay by them saying it wasn't installed properly? The owner should put detectors in their own premises. Perhaps make it mandatory like gas inspections etc.

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    Andy T

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

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