Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Clegg says no to regional pay

Lib Dem Leader Nick Clegg has rejected the idea of regional pay scales in the public sector. The idea has been proposed by Tory Chancellor George Osborne.

The problem with regional pay levels is how they are calculated. Whilst some aspects of living in Cornwall are cheaper than south east England, many other factors make it more expensive to live here including the costs of public transport and house prices relative to wages. Such a complex calculation didn't seem to be in the mind of the Chancellor who looked at the move as a quick way to reduce the pay bill.

Speaking yesterday, Nick Clegg said in response to a question on regional pay bargaining:
“There is going to be no regional pay system, that is not going to happen.”

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