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Lib Dems will give £527 pay rise to nurses

May 16, 2017 5:44 PM
By Lib Dem Local Press Office

NHS LogoLib Dems will give £527 pay rise to nurses in Dover and Deal to address staffing shortages

Liberal Democrats have announced they would end years of pay restraint for nurses, teachers and police in Kent by lifting the 1% cap on public sector pay and increases wages in line with inflation.

Under Liberal Democrat plans, the 14,863 teachers working in Kent would get an average pay rise of £885 by 2021, while the 3,193 police working for Kent Police would see their pay boosted by £471.

The plans would also lead to an estimated pay rise of £527 for the 1,816 nurses working for East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust by 2021, helping to tackle the shortage of nurses and potential strikes over pay this summer.

In contrast, the Conservative's public sector pay cap combined with rising inflation since the Brexit vote will mean that by 2021, the average nurse will be nearly £4000 worse off.

The announcement comes as a survey by the Royal College of Nursing has revealed nine out of 10 nursing leaders say they are worried about their ability to recruit nurses and that there are an estimated 40,000 nursing vacancies in the NHS.

Simon Dodd, Liberal Democrat candidate for Dover, commented:

"Public sector workers in Dover and Deal 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

"Our NHS and schools are already struggling to recruit the staff they need.

"Living standards are falling, prices are rising and nurses are going to food banks - but Theresa May doesn't care

"A better future is possible. The Liberal Democrats will stand up for our schools and hospitals and give hard-working nurses, teachers and police the pay rise they deserve."