Government report into public sector pay cuts shows devastating real term pay falls for teachers, police and nurses

The Office of Manpower Economics commissioned a report into the pay of public sector workers which reveals the scale of the austerity motivated pay freeze. The revelations show the scale of the pay freeze, with an estimated £3 pay fall … Continue reading Government report into public sector pay cuts shows devastating real term pay falls for teachers, police and nurses

Austerity architect tells government to increase taxes to fund NHS and public services

Oliver Letwin, who was one of the “key architects of David Cameron’s austerity programme” has called on the government to consider raising taxes to fund public services. “It may well be, in one way or another, a large number of … Continue reading Austerity architect tells government to increase taxes to fund NHS and public services

Tories cheer as they win the vote, maintaining the public sector pay freeze

After a day of furious discussion in parliament, a vote was held on the amendment to the Queen’s Speech that would end the public sector pay freeze and raise the wages of the emergency services. Critics were livid that the … Continue reading Tories cheer as they win the vote, maintaining the public sector pay freeze

Lib Dems make renewed plea to end the pay cap for emergency services

In recent disasters, the emergency services have been praised by the government for their excellent and fearless response to terrorist attacks and fires. Tim Farron is calling on the government to scrap the pay cap in recognition of their excellent … Continue reading Lib Dems make renewed plea to end the pay cap for emergency services

Chief Constable says budget cuts will leave police unable to deal with riots

Chief Constable Dave Thompson, who oversees funding, has said police in England and Wales would struggle to deal with riots on the scale of 2011 due to budget cuts, according to the BBC. “We’d have real challenges in dealing with … Continue reading Chief Constable says budget cuts will leave police unable to deal with riots

Amber Rudd will “not rush to release extra money” to “stretched” police force

Amber Rudd admits the past three months, which has seen multiple terror attacks in the UK, have left police resources pulled “very tight”. Amber Rudd said an emergency counter-terrorism plan could not continue “indefinitely” but added that she would not … Continue reading Amber Rudd will “not rush to release extra money” to “stretched” police force

John McDonnell says vital public services are in crisis as a result of Tory austerity

In a short video he posted to his Facebook page, the Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has criticised the Tory government, accusing them of forcing vital public services into crisis. John McDonnell has been strongly opposed to austerity for years, and … Continue reading John McDonnell says vital public services are in crisis as a result of Tory austerity

Emergency services face £113.6bn business rates tax increase over five years

New data reveals that emergency services are going to be hit with £113.6bn business rates tax increase. The 15% rise in their rates bills comes as politicians and emergency services are calling for more funding in the wake of recent … Continue reading Emergency services face £113.6bn business rates tax increase over five years