As fire casualties fall below Scottish Government target, Herald headlines, evidence-free, ‘cuts and a postcode lottery have led to deaths’

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John Robertson
As fire casualties fall below Scottish Government target, Herald headlines, evidence-free, ‘cuts and a postcode lottery have led to deaths’

The number of fire casualties to the end of Q4 2016/2017 was 887. This is 8% lower than the Scottish Government Target of reducing such casualties to 966. The number of accidental dwelling fires had increased, in the same year, by more than 10%, to 4922. http://www.firescotland.gov.uk/media/1165082/quarterly_performance_report.pdf However, on the basis of what appear to be merely anecdotal and partisan comments from a trades union secretary, the Herald reported: ‘Denise Christie, Scottish Secretary of the Fire Brigades’ Union, said the…

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John Robertson
As fire casualties fall below Scottish Government target, Herald headlines, evidence-free, ‘cuts and a postcode lottery have led to deaths’