Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield has responded angrily to reports that Chancellor George Osborne will announce plans to cut public sector pay in poorer regions, hitting those who work in cities like Sheffield. The plan has been backed by Lib Dem Business Secretary Vince Cable.
Paul Blomfield MP said: “This plan follows local government settlements which have slashed funding to Councils like Sheffield, while wealthy areas in the south have had more cash. We should be reducing the north/south divide, not increasing it.
“Nick Clegg and his Tory friends are looking after the areas where they live. Cutting public sector pay in Sheffield is not fair and will reduce spending in the local economy, hitting those working in both the public and private sectors.
“It’s not right that a care worker or police officer in Sheffield should be paid less than one in Cheltenham. And it could mean that the best doctors will move south to get the best paid jobs.”Other news from Sheffield Labour