John Leech announces Liberal Democrat policy to give £527 pay rise to nurses in Manchester to address staffing shortages

  • Nurses, police and teachers to get boosted wages in new Liberal Democrat policy announcement.
  • John Leech accuses Theresea May of 'beating down public sector workers.'
  • Leech: “Conservative pay increases are pitiful and frankly offensive."

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

Former Manchester MP John Leech hit out at the Government's 'pitiful and offensive' pay increases for nurses, teachers and police officers, accusing Theresa May of 'beating down public sector workers.'

Under Liberal Democrat plans, teachers working in Manchester would get an average pay rise of £885 by 2021, while the 6,239 police working for Greater Manchester Police would see their pay boosted by £471.

The plans would also lead to an estimated pay rise of £527 for the 6,342 nurses working in Manchester 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 £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. 

Former Liberal Democrat MP and Manchester Withington candidate, John Leech said: “Public sector workers in Manchester are being beaten down at the hands of this Conservative government, with years of pitiful and frankly offensive increases to their 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 – it's a disgrace.

"If elected 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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