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After weeks of speculation regarding the Government lifting the public sector pay cap, this week’s announcement demonstrates that it is business as usual. The derisory increase in prison officer pay announced this morning goes nowhere close to meeting the rise in inflation, which rose to 2.9% in figures released this week.

Despite Tory rhetoric about proposals to lift the public sector pay cap, it is clear that no such move is intended.

Rather than announcing a raise for undervalued and underpaid staff, the Government has announced further cuts in pay for police and prison staff. To make matters worse the funding for these derisory increases will come from existing budgets, which means further cuts to frontline staff.

Labour will end the public sector pay cap – because our public sector workers deserve a fair wage.

For seven years public sector workers have seen deep cuts to their pay. It is a disgrace that one in five NHS staff are forced to take a second job simply to get by.

How can it be that, in the fifth richest nation on earth, public sector workers in Scunthorpe are forced to rely on emergency foodbanks?

With public sector pay falling faster than private pay and with another increase in the rate of inflation, Labour will scrap the 1% pay cap for all public sector workers.

On the same day we see inflation rise to 2.9% we get this derisory attempt by the Tories to pretend they are lifting the public sector pay cap, when in reality they are still going ahead with a pay cut in real terms for prison and police officers. And to add further insult to injury, the Government are paying for this minimal change by further cuts to their already strained budgets.

Only Labour is prepared to ensure that our dedicated public sector workers are truly recognised for what they do for their communities by ending the public sector pay cap for all public sector workers.

Together we can ensure that our public sector workers get the pay and the respect that they deserve. 

Scrap the public sector pay cap

  After weeks of speculation regarding the Government lifting the public sector pay cap, this week’s announcement demonstrates that it is business as usual. The derisory increase in prison officer...

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North Lincolnshire Council were the lowest spenders of Discretionary Housing Payments in the country for financial year 2016/17. This is money given to councils by Government to help local people who fall into short term difficulties paying their rent. Unspent money is sent back and spent elsewhere in the country. 

Conservative North Lincolnshire Council spent the lowest proportion of money allocated, spending only 17% of their allocation on helping local people. Of the 375 councils that spent their Discretionary Housing Payments budget only eight spent less than half.

I have obtained figures from the Department for Work and Pensions which show that North Lincolnshire had £294,816 available to spend from the Government but spent only £50,735.

The seven local authorities who spent less cash than North Lincolnshire Council all spend above 45% of the money made available to them.

Discretionary Housing Payments are temporary and made available to people who due to a change in circumstances are struggling to cover their rent. It can also help with one-off costs like a rent deposit, rent in advance or removal costs to help you move into a new home.

Many people have struggled to make ends meet because of the Bedroom Tax and other changes in circumstance. The Discretionary Housing Payments is there to assist in these times of trouble. North Lincolnshire Council spent nothing to help people in the following areas:

To help with short term rental costs while the claimant seeks employment- £0
To help with on-going rental costs for disabled person in adapted accommodation- £0
To help with on-going rental costs for a foster carer- £0

The amount spent on helping to secure and move on to alternative accommodation (e.g. rent deposit) for those affected by Local Housing Allowance reforms North Lincolnshire spend £7.

This money is given to local authorities for them to spend helping local people. It is money that would be spent in the local area in local businesses.

People contact me every week where there circumstances have changed and they find it difficult to pay their rent in the short term. Too often they are refused Discretionary Housing Payments by our Conservative Council. And the money that could have been spent to help them is spent elsewhere in the country. It’s time for the Council to wake up to its responsibilities and use the money that it is given to help local people who are struggling.

Local People Are Being Short Changed by Conservative North Lincolnshire Council.

North Lincolnshire Council were the lowest spenders of Discretionary Housing Payments in the country for financial year 2016/17. This is money given to councils by Government to help local people...

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The debate on the EU Withdrawal Bill began last week and the vote on the Second Reading will be late tonight. If the Bill is not passed as second reading it dies and the Government will have to bring a different Bill to the House.

I want to be clear with you - this Bill is not about whether Britain leaves the EU.

That issue was settled by the referendum result and the vote to trigger Article 50 which I and the vast majority of Labour MPs supported.

Labour has been very clear: we respect the referendum result and recognise that Britain is leaving the EU. This Bill today is about how we leave the EU, what role Parliament has in the process and how we safeguard vital rights and protections as we leave.

Sadly, in its current form the Bill is not acceptable. We need to get the Government to address our very real concerns through the parliamentary process. As it stands this Bill will put huge, unaccountable power into the hands of this minority Tory Government, sidelining Parliament on major decisions around workers’ rights, equality rights, consumer rights and environmental protection.

It will take power away from Parliament and that's not what people voted for. Hopefully the Government will step back from this power grab and behave responsibly by responding constructively to these very real concerns. We can then crack on together with the very difficult job in hand.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill

The debate on the EU Withdrawal Bill began last week and the vote on the Second Reading will be late tonight. If the Bill is not passed as second reading it...


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