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Almost 2.5 Million Kids Hit By PS Pay Cap

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

 

More than one million households with children suffering under ‘cruel’ Government pay pinch.

Shocking new figures from GMB, the union for public sector workers, show almost 2.5 million children are being hit by the public sector pay cap.

Analysis of the latest ONS figures show an estimated 2.4 million children live in 1.4 million households where at least one adult works in the public sector as their main job. [1]

The average full time public sector workers in the UK has lost out on £9,000 in wages since the pay cap was introduced in 2010 - and stands to lose a further £4,000 by 2020. [2]

During a recent study of police staff by GMB, one member revealed their pay was so low they couldn’t afford to buy their children clothes. [3]

Rehana Azam, GMB National Secretary for Public Services, said:

“If the Government needed something to bring home the reality of their cruel and unnecessary public sector pay pinch – this is it.

“Almost 2.4 million children are living under the cosh of constant real-terms pay cuts.

“Our cherished public sector workers are now under so much financial strain they are forced to visit foodbanks – never mind finding the cash to buy their children new clothes or take them on holiday.

“The fact that millions of kids are growing up in this way in one of the richest countries in the world is a badge of shame.

“Enough is enough – it’s time to give all our public sector workers the wage they deserve.”

ENDS

Contact: GMB press office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to editors:

[1]  

Dependent children affected by the public sector pay cap
       
Region
Number of households
Number of children
 
       
North East
63,873
101,964
 
North West
181,976
302,755
 
Yorkshire and Humberside
123,972
214,834
 
East Midlands
84,115
141,065
 
West Midlands
118,364
201,647
 
East of England
113,525
192,322
 
London
166,264
301,978
 
South East
173,840
310,218
 
South West
109,273
183,772
 
Wales
91,543
146,753
 
Scotland
115,988
181,542
 
Northern Ireland
47,974
88,037
 
       
UK total
1,390,707
2,366,887
 
       
Households with dependent children (aged 0 to 19) in which an adult (aged 16 to 64) is employed as a public sector worker in their main job
       
Source - ONS Labour Force Survey Household dataset, Jan to March 2017    

[2] www.paypinch.org

[3] Police Staff 'Stressed And Underpaid'

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Union poll shows more than 70 per cent stressed at work, while 75 per cent blast Government pay cap.

Read more: http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/police-staff-pay Jon Parker-Dean

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