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Labour Councillors in Newcastle have supported calls for the lifting of the long standing government policy of public sector pay restraint and backed Unison, the GMB and Unite’s submission to the National Joint Council Pay for 2018. 

For workers in local government; pay and other terms and conditions are determined by a negotiating body; the National Joint Council, which froze pay between 2010-2012, with only 1% increases since then.

As a result, basic pay for local government workers has on average fallen by 21% since 2010.

Newcastle’s Labour Councillors brought forward a motion to City Council on 6 September 2017 which called for a decent pay award for National Joint Council workers and for an end to public sector pay restraint more widely. 

Since 2010, the Tories, supported by the Lib Dems in Government, have slashed Newcastle City Council’s funding by over £600 per household.

Despite this, Labour in Newcastle introduced the Newcastle Living Wage in 2012 to provide those on lower wage rates with a fair and decent rate of pay and are committed to working towards matching the Foundation Living Wage rate.

Newcastle Labour brought forward the motion - passed at Council - which called on the Government to support the claim for a decent pay rise and to ensure that this is properly funded by Government, not further passing the buck onto hard-pressed councils.

Labour Leader of Newcastle Nick Forbes said: “Council staff do a range of vital jobs in our communities – from caring for older and vulnerable people to cleaning our streets. 

"They’re the unsung heroes of our city, but the Tories have turned their backs on them. Their pay has been squeezed and reduced in real terms for nearly 10 years now and I think it’s time they had a decent pay rise. 

"We’re not asking for the moon, just for Government to make the resources available so that their pay can keep up with inflation."

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Newcastle Labour calls for an end to public sector pay restraint

Labour Councillors in Newcastle have supported calls for the lifting of the long standing government policy of public sector pay restraint and backed Unison, the GMB and Unite’s submission to...

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Lemington’s Labour Councillors were pleased to work with the National Citizenship Service and the Headliners charity to bring the Newcastle Scrub Up to Lemington.

Newcastle Scrub Up is run by a team undertaking the National Citizenship Award through the Headliners charity and aims at improving the local environment in Newcastle.

Lemington’s Labour Councillors invited the group to undertake a litter pick in Lemington around Valley View as part of their project to improve the environment. Councillors Kim McGuinness and David Cook met with the group as they were working in Lemington.

Kim said, 'It's wonderful to see such passionate and driven young people taking positive action across our City.

‘They really want to make a difference and of course, want to get invaluable experience for their future.

‘We'd like to thank the volunteers for the time they spent in Lemington. The outcome is incredible, with the team removing 24 bags of rubbish from Valley View.’

As well as working with Headliners, Lamington Councillors continue to support regular community litter picks across the ward all year round. 

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Lemington welcomes Newcastle Scrub Up

Lemington’s Labour Councillors were pleased to work with the National Citizenship Service and the Headliners charity to bring the Newcastle Scrub Up to Lemington. Newcastle Scrub Up is run by...

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South Heaton elects Labour's Clare Penny Evans

On 16 March, residents in South Heaton elected Heaton resident and Labour Party candidate Clare Penny-Evans to represent them on Newcastle City Council.

Clare was elected with 768 votes and now joins John-Paul Stephenson and Denise Jones as a Labour Councillor for South Heaton.

Following the election, Clare thanked all residents for voting.

"Thank you to everyone who voted in the by-election and for those who placed their faith in me. I'm grateful for the support I received and I've really enjoyed speaking to residents throughout the campaign. 

"I now look forward to working alongside John-Paul and Denise to represent all residents across South Heaton".

South Heaton result

Clare Penny-Evans - Labour - 768

Green - 444

Lib Dem - 260

UKIP - 88

Conservative  - 80

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Clare Penny-Evans elected in South Heaton by election

South Heaton elects Labour's Clare Penny Evans On 16 March, residents in South Heaton elected Heaton resident and Labour Party candidate Clare Penny-Evans to represent them on Newcastle City Council. Clare...


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