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Helston's MP calls for regional pay plan to be scrapped
11:30am Tuesday 29th May 2012 in Cornwall
HELSTON MP Andrew George has called for government plans to introduce regional pay in the public sector to be scrapped.
He said: “I doubt that a review of public sector regional pay structures has the intention of enhancing the pay of the lowest earners. Having lower pay in poorer regions, like Cornwall, will merely impoverish the place further.
“As well as demoralising staff, causing resentment throughout the profession and undermining local economies as public sector staff have less to spend, paying the lowest earners less will be counterproductive as it will cost the taxpayer more as more will then be entitled to Housing Benefit, Income Support and Tax Credit.
“The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, made clear this week his opposition to the roll out of regional pay and I hope that this reported initiative will be very quickly quashed.”