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Royal Assent for Police and Fire Reform

The Act to merge Scotland’s police and fire and rescue services has been granted Royal Assent.

The Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 creates a single Police Service of Scotland and a single Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to serve local communities.

The hope is that it will reduce duplication and create a new streamlined structure across the current eight police forces, the Scottish Police Services Authority, the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency and the eight fire and rescue services.

It is intended that by doing things differently and working more effectively and efficiently, the Act will free up resources for frontline services and is expected to save £1.7 billion over 15 years.

High priority provisions of the Act allowing for the appointments of the Chief Constable, Chief Officer of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Chairs of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) and SFRS, will come into effect on 9th August.

The recruitment process is well underway for these positions, as well as membership of the SPA and SFRS and the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner.

"Reform will safeguard frontline police and fire and rescue in our communities,” said Community Safety and Legal Affairs Minister Roseanna Cunningham. “Local commanders and local senior officers for every council area in Scotland will work closely with local authorities and Community Planning Partnerships, to shape local services and prioritise local needs.”

August 2012

  • Revenue Scotland appointment (date added: 30 August 2012)
  • Slaughter regulations consultation (date added: 29 August 2012)
  • An end to illegal charges on tenants (date added: 27 August 2012)
  • Land reform review group (date added: 23 August 2012)
  • Consumer Rights Directive (date added: 23 August 2012)
  • No-Fault compensation consultation (date added: 21 August 2012)
  • Working Time Directive review (date added: 17 August 2012)
  • Appointment of Lord Justice Clerk (date added: 15 August 2012)
  • Public procurement consultation (date added: 14 August 2012)
  • COPFS targets metal thieves (date added: 09 August 2012)
  • Royal Assent for Police and Fire Reform (date added: 08 August 2012)
  • Proposals to exempt some self-employed workers from health and safety law (date added: 07 August 2012)
  • Consultation launched on Better Regulation Bill (date added: 02 August 2012)