Poll Finds Most Britons Against Plans to Introduce Postcode Pay for Public Sector

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25th September 2012 16:02 - Public Consultation

A poll of 1,016 adults in England, Scotland and Wales by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has shown that the majority of respondents at 65% think that the Government's proposals for local or regional pay for public sector employees should be axed.

The study, which profiled surveyants by age, gender, socio-economic group, region, past vote and likelihood to vote, saw many people viewing these plans as unfair and counter-productive for NHS patients as well as schoolchildren in poorer areas.

Under the "postcode pay" scheme, teachers, nurses and other public sector workers who live in less wealthy parts of the UK would be paid less than colleagues who work in more prosperous areas. This would also likely mean a long-term pay freeze for public sector workers outside London and the South East.

When questioned as to what they thought of the Government plans for local or regional pay, almost two-thirds of voters (61%) thought itwould be unfair, in contrast to 26% of voters who thought it acceptable.

Less than a fifth of respondents (19%) want the Government to move forward with the initiative, compared to two-thirds (65%) who want the plan to be scrapped.

TUC General Secretary, Brendan Barber, commented: "The Government's regional pay plans will not help create a single new job in the private sector, and can only do harm to already struggling local economies. The most sensible thing ministers could do is drop these ill-thought out plans and concentrate instead on policies that will tackle unemployment and increase the UK's chances of creating economic growth."

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