Steve Gee

Liberal Democrat Candidate for Epsom & Ewell

  • Steve Gee

    I am your Liberal Democrat Candidate for the General Election.

    This blog gives you my views on current political issues.

    It also covers some Lib Dem
    policies that I think are particularly important.

    Steve

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Abolishing the 1% pay cap

Posted by Steve Gee on Tuesday 16 May 2017

Tim Farron

The Lib Dems want to abolish the Conservatives’ pay cap on the public sector, which limits pay rises for nurses and teachers to 1% per year.

Party leader Tim Farron accused the Tories of treating health workers like dirt. Speaking to the Royal College of Nursing conference in Liverpool, Mr Farron said his party would give the health service the funding it needed by adding a penny to income tax in order to raise an extra £6 billion.

Promising to restore bursaries for student nurses, Mr Farron said that some nurses had been forced to use food banks. He went on: “And you find a prime minister who thinks that’s somehow not an issue, it feeds into a narrative of this Conservative government treating nurses like dirt and I will not have it.”

The end of pay restraint would result in an average additional pay rise of £779 for hospital staff by 2021, whereas if the Tories’ pay cap remains,  a new nurse will be £530 a year worse off by 2021, thanks to rising inflation, while a primary school teacher would lose £550 and an army sergeant £830.

Vince Cable

Former business secretary Sir Vince Cable said: “Public sector workers are facing a double blow at the hands of this Conservative government, with years of pitiful increases to pay combined with a Brexit squeeze caused by soaring inflation.

“Our NHS and schools are already struggling to recruit the staff they need. Living standards are falling, prices are rising and nurses are going to food banks – but Theresa May doesn’t care.

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