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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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Just over a century ago the first International Women’s Day was a rallying point for action around ordinary women’s struggles for decent pay and conditions, the right to vote and the right to paid work. In that radical, progressive tradition, for 2017, women from Young Labour across the UK will be raising crucial funds for Refuge and taking a stand against the prevalence of domestic violence in the UK today.

International Women’s Day

Just over a century ago the first International Women’s Day was a rallying point for action around ordinary women’s struggles for decent pay and conditions, the right to vote and... Read more

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Thank you to everyone in Newcastle who voted in the elections on 5th May.

Thank You for Voting Labour

  Thank you to everyone in Newcastle who voted in the elections on 5th May. Read more

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The Fenham DIY streets project works closely with local communities to help them redesign their neighbourhood affordably.  Their work puts people at the heart of the neighbourhood and makes the area safer, more attractive, and more suitable for walking and cycling.

Fenham Hall Drive Transformed

The Fenham DIY streets project works closely with local communities to help them redesign their neighbourhood affordably.  Their work puts people at the heart of the neighbourhood and makes the... Read more

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You told us at Newcastle Labour that because of the high level of vandalism and anti-social behaviour near Cowgate Roundabout, many pedestrians were avoiding the tunnels and instead were attempting to cross the busy Ponteland Road.

Cowgate Roundabout

You told us at Newcastle Labour that because of the high level of vandalism and anti-social behaviour near Cowgate Roundabout, many pedestrians were avoiding the tunnels and instead were attempting... Read more

Please see here for key upcoming campaign dates.

Campaign Update: 28th April

Please see here for key upcoming campaign dates. Read more

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Kenton shopping Centre was built along with North Kenton Estate in the 1950s. After a 10 year campaign led by local residents and your Labour Team, the old ‘Arndale Centre’ has been rebranded Kenton Retail. 

New Look Kenton Retail

Kenton shopping Centre was built along with North Kenton Estate in the 1950s. After a 10 year campaign led by local residents and your Labour Team, the old ‘Arndale Centre’... Read more

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The last remaining underpass in Kenton has been transformed into a bright public route that celebrates the history of Cowgate through art. ‘Spearfish’, an arts body, has brightened up the subway, known locally as Windmill subway, as part of the Re-Newcastle £4.3m improvement to Cowgate junction.

Cowgate Underpass Transformed into Public Work of Art

The last remaining underpass in Kenton has been transformed into a bright public route that celebrates the history of Cowgate through art. ‘Spearfish’, an arts body, has brightened up the subway,... Read more

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Your Lemington Labour team have been working with various agencies, including Northumbria Police and Newcastle City Council, to try to tackle anti-social behaviour, as part of Operation Unity.

Operation Unity: Your Labour Councillors Tackle Antisocial Behaviour

Your Lemington Labour team have been working with various agencies, including Northumbria Police and Newcastle City Council, to try to tackle anti-social behaviour, as part of Operation Unity. Read more

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Denton Burn Community Association (DBCA) has a large plot of land at the back of the building that is overgrown with weeds and litter, and it really needs a makeover.

Makeover for Denton Burn Community Centre

Denton Burn Community Association (DBCA) has a large plot of land at the back of the building that is overgrown with weeds and litter, and it really needs a makeover.... Read more

Please click the link below to see this years local election manifesto:

Newcastle Labour Local Election Manifesto 2016 

Newcastle Local Election Manifesto

Please click the link below to see this years local election manifesto: Newcastle Labour Local Election Manifesto 2016 

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Lord Mayor, this is the fifth budget I have introduced to this council. I make no apology for the consistency of the themes I will outline tonight. From me and my party, consistency in our belief in public services, our belief that opportunity should be for all, regardless of your background, and our fundamental belief that good quality employment is the best route to social justice. 

Council Leader Nick Forbes' Budget Speech

Lord Mayor, this is the fifth budget I have introduced to this council. I make no apology for the consistency of the themes I will outline tonight. From me and... Read more

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Newcastle Labour is the only party that will stand up to the Tories, who are continuing to impose unfair cuts on our city. The Lib Dems turned their backs on us during the Coalition Government.

Labour Launches Local Election Campaign

Newcastle Labour is the only party that will stand up to the Tories, who are continuing to impose unfair cuts on our city. The Lib Dems turned their backs on... Read more

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Newcastle’s Annual Council Budget was decided on Wednesday 2nd March, independent council officers have slammed Newcastle’s Lib Dems alternative budget as irresponsible. They’ve even taken the unprecedented step of advising councillors against the proposals put forward by the Lib Dems.

Official: Newcastle Lib Dems Financially Incompetent

Newcastle’s Annual Council Budget was decided on Wednesday 2nd March, independent council officers have slammed Newcastle’s Lib Dems alternative budget as irresponsible. They’ve even taken the unprecedented step of advising... Read more

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The Tory Housing and Planning Bill currently going through parliament is blatant attack on social hosing and will fail to address the housing crisis in this country. It is unfair and discriminates against council tenants and future generations, who will not be able to afford to buy a home.

Tory Attack on Housing

The Tory Housing and Planning Bill currently going through parliament is blatant attack on social hosing and will fail to address the housing crisis in this country. It is unfair... Read more

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Lib Dems have announced plans – to scrap Newcastle upon Tyne.

Lib Dem Plot to Scrap Newcastle

Lib Dems have announced plans – to scrap Newcastle upon Tyne. Read more

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Following a review, the Boundary Commission (an independent body) decided to keep the number of councillors to represent residents on the City Council at 78. 

Boundary Review Update

Following a review, the Boundary Commission (an independent body) decided to keep the number of councillors to represent residents on the City Council at 78.  Read more

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The last Coalition government (the Tories propped up by the LibDems) stated that everyone had to pay something towards their Council Tax, regardless of their circumstances or need.

Shielding The Most Vulnerable: New Council Tax Support Scheme

The last Coalition government (the Tories propped up by the LibDems) stated that everyone had to pay something towards their Council Tax, regardless of their circumstances or need. Read more

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Residents in Newcastle will be forced to pay a new tax, imposed by the Tory Government, from April this year. 

Newcastle Residents hit by New 'Osborne Tax'

Residents in Newcastle will be forced to pay a new tax, imposed by the Tory Government, from April this year.  Read more

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