Local MP Katy Clark has criticised UK Government proposals to introduce regional pay in the public sector.
Initially floated by the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, the plan would see people paid different rates for doing the same job, depending on where they live. For example, someone employed in Saltcoats Jobcentre could be paid less than a colleague performing the same role in London, on the basis that the cost of living in the English capital is higher but despite the fact the North Ayrshire employee would be dealing with the consequences of a higher rate of unemployment.
Speaking to the3towns, Katy Clark said, “I am extremely concerned at the Government’s proposals to introduce regional pay in the public sector. This change would effectively take money away from some of the poorest communities in the United Kingdom at a time when many are already suffering as a result of the Government’s cuts programme.”
The Labour MP for North Ayrshire & Arran added, “Rather than attacking the pay and conditions of those running our public services, the Government should be focusing all its efforts into formulating a coherent plan for growth.”
Ms Clark indicated she would “do all I can in Parliament to oppose these damaging proposals”.