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Malthus

Public sector cost accounting

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-40800747

£500,000 grand to put out gorse fires in NI , the So-Called BBC does woo scary cost story 

can anyone explain how they come up with these numbers ? 

Surely they have all the capital equipment and the firefighters would be on duty anyway 

so possibly some overtime and extra water ? 

 

 

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Total annual cost of the fire service to NI divided by (proportion of the service occupied by the fire * proportion of the year spent fighting said fire) + wear and tear + overtime + direct costs (fuel, chemicals)

Obviously, most of this cost would be incurred anyway, whether they were working or not, so it is an illusory number.

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5 minutes ago, dgul said:

Total annual cost of the fire service to NI divided by (proportion of the service occupied by the fire * proportion of the year spent fighting said fire) + wear and tear + overtime + direct costs (fuel, chemicals)

Obviously, most of this cost would be incurred anyway, whether they were working or not, so it is an illusory number.


Is this also how the magic NHS spends money?

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5 hours ago, dgul said:

Total annual cost of the fire service to NI divided by (proportion of the service occupied by the fire * proportion of the year spent fighting said fire) + wear and tear + overtime + direct costs (fuel, chemicals)

Obviously, most of this cost would be incurred anyway, whether they were working or not, so it is an illusory number.

So the So-Called BBC suggestion that taxpayers made up money is going up in smoke faster than the gorse is bollox then 👍

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The article says 2000 fires cost 500,000. So that's 250 quid a fire. Say 5 firemen and their truck for an hour for each fire, that doesn't seem too far out to me. It's clearly not a 500k incremental cost though, just an explanation of where around 500k of the total existing spend is allocated.

If someone went around fireproofing all the gorse bushes in NI I am absolutely 100% sure that the So-Called BBC would be actively lobbying for the fire brigade to have its budget cut by the equivalent amount.

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