Will Forster

Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for Woking, Opposition Leader on Woking Borough Council and Councillor for South Woking Learn more

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Lib Dems would give £527 pay rise to nurses in Woking to address staffing shortages

by willforster on 16 May, 2017

Yesterday, the Lib Dems have announced we would end years of pay restraint for nurses, teachers and police in Woking by lifting the 1% cap on public sector pay and increases wages in line with inflation.

Under Lib Dem plans, the 9,539 teachers working in Surrey schools would get an average pay rise of £903 by 2021, while the 1,896 police working for Surrey Police would see their pay boosted by £471.

The plans would also lead to an estimated pay rise of £527 for the 19,116 nurses working in Surrey, Kent and Sussex by 2021, helping to tackle the shortage of nurses and potential strikes over pay this summer. 838 nurses work at Ashford and St Peter’s, 1,992 work in Frimley Park – where I was born – and 923 are employed at the Royal Surrey in Guildford.

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 £4,000 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.

Public sector workers in Woking are facing a double blow at the hands of this Tory 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 does not seem to care.  A better future is possible.  The Lib Dem and I will stand up for our schools and hospitals and give hard-working nurses, teachers and police the pay rise they deserve.

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