‘It’s time to reward nurses and teachers’ – Stephen Gilbert

Stephen Gilbert, the former MP for St Austell & Newquay, says he backs plans that would give at least a £527 pay rise to nurses.

When an MP, Stephen Gilbert launched and then led the successful campaign that stopped the Conservatives cutting pay for workers in Cornwall and shot down the idea of a regional public pay policy.  Now Liberal Democrats have announced that they would end years of pay restraint for nurses, teachers and police in Cornwall and abolish the 1% cap on public sector pay and increase wages in line with inflation.

Stephen Gilbert said:

“A few years ago I stopped the Tories paying our public sector workers less and now it’s time our teachers and nurses and others got the pay rise they need.”

“Public workers in Cornwall 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. This will mean that by 2021, the average nurse will be nearly £4000 worse off under the Tories.”

Liberal Democrat plans would see police pay boosted by a minimum of £471 and nurses getting a pay rise of at least £527 as well as a boost for teachers too.

Stephen added:

“Our NHS and schools are already struggling to recruit the staff they need. Living standards are falling, prices are rising – and the Tories don’t care.” 

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