London Fire Brigade

How we make decisions

The London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority has overall responsibility for the discharge of all of the Authority's functions.

The Authority itself meets regularly to consider and make decisions on key London Fire Brigade matters such as strategy, policy and the Brigade's budget.

In addition, it has established four specialist executive committees to consider and make decisions on specific areas of responsibility and to report to the Authority where appropriate, namely:

  • The Governance, Performance and Audit Committee has responsibilities for service delivery performance (excluding performance related specifically to the functions of the Resources Committee) and for all audit and governance matters.
  • The Resources Committee  has responsibilities for money, people and property and performance related to those responsibilities.
  • The Strategy Committee has responsibilities for policy and strategy for the service delivery functions of emergency response, prevention and protection, including responsibility for community engagement.
  • The Appointments and Urgency Committee meets on an ad hoc basis as and when urgent matters arise and/or appointments and employment issues relating to senior officers require to be determined.
  • Membership of these committees reflects, so far as is practicable, the political balance of the Authority.

In addition, the Authority has established a Scheme of Delegation of Functions to Officers, which provides the relevant senior officers with the ability to undertake the range of specified actions on behalf of the Authority.