South Scotland

Dumfries and Galloway firefighter compensation rises

An estimated compensation bill for part-time firefighters in Dumfries and Galloway has risen to £225,000.

The awards are being made to retained staff following a legal ruling on their salary conditions.

It follows a court challenge by the Fire Brigades Union that part-time staff were receiving less favourable terms than their full-time colleagues.

Dumfries and Galloway's Fire and Rescue Service had set aside £198,000 but now needs an extra £27,000.

According to a report prepared by the service, 250 part-time staff in the region have already received settlements with a further 68 still waiting for their payments.

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