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After seven years of campaigning, Liz Kendall MP has welcomed the decision taken by NHS England to keep children’s heart surgery at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester. 

 

Liz has lead the campaign including holding debates and questioning the Prime Minister in Parliament, working with MPs from across the East Midlands, meeting health ministers, writing to the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Chief Executive of NHS England Simon Stevens, and delivering a petition with over 130,000 signatures to Number 10 Downing Street.

Liz Kendall MP said:

“I’m absolutely delighted that we’re going to keep children’s heart surgery at Glenfield.

“Today’s decision by NHS England is a vindication of the hard work of our amazing doctors and nurses, and a vote of confidence in the hospital’s plans for the future.

“The challenge now is to keep improving services and treat even more children, with even better standards of care. I know that’s what everyone at Glenfield is determined to do and I’ll be holding NHS England and the Department of Health to account for working with us to achieve our goals.

“The future of Glenfield children’s heart surgery unit is the most important issue I’ve been involved with since I was elected as the MP for Leicester West seven years ago.

“I want to thank and pay tribute to everyone who has helped with our campaign: all the patients and families, the brilliant staff at Glenfield, the charities, East Midlands MPs and thousands of members of the public. We wouldn’t have got here without you.”

Campaign Success! Children’s heart surgery to stay at Glenfield

After seven years of campaigning, Liz Kendall MP has welcomed the decision taken by NHS England to keep children’s heart surgery at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester.   

The Government’s announcement that the pay cap on police wages will be lifted has been criticised as a ‘cynical deception’ – that means nothing without proper funding. 

With the pay rise expected to be taken from existing police budgets, our Police Commissioners are now being forced to make an impossible decision – pay their officers more but reduce staff levels to fund it; or save police jobs but stick to a cruel pay freeze already endured for seven years. 

Leicestershire Police Commissioner Lord Willy Bach says the Government should be ashamed.

“This money is to come from the already absurdly reduced Leicestershire Police Budget.  What will the inevitable consequence be?  It will mean that in the years to come, more Police Officers' jobs will go in order that the Budget can be balanced, as it has to be by law.

“Meanwhile the Government pays no attention to the policing needs of a growing and diverse community.  No-one should be fooled into applauding this as an act of generosity. “

Nottinghamshire Police Commissioner Paddy Tipping says being able to pay his officers more is welcomed – but warns without financial back up, the budget is unstainable.

“Any increase costs money and with the rise coming from the police budget this is yet another call on our scarce resources.  In Nottinghamshire, we have worked incredibly hard to find the means to recruit 200 additional officers in 2017/18 and I don’t want to see that put at risk.”

In Derbyshire, Police Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa is campaigning for fairer funding – calling on members of the public to write to their MP to pressure the Home Secretary to properly finance a well-deserved pay increase for our police officers.

 “We simply cannot sustain further cuts to our budget without this impacting on our ability to respond in an emergency to those most in need. The Government must recognise the risks to public safety of further under investment and take action to ensure Derbyshire and other forces across the country are fully resourced for the job they face. 

“We’ve lost 378 police officers since 2010 and are demanding more and more from those officers and staff who remain in post.”

Mr Dhindsa says crime is not reducing – but changing.  Human trafficking, modern day slavery, extremism, FGM, forced marriage, cybercrime and terrorism have all contributed to an increasing workload – and are being tackled with reduced budgets and a workforce fed up with austerity.

Concerned residents in Derbyshire are being urged to contact their MP and can download a template letter here.

East Midlands Police Commissioners Slam Police Pay Boost As A ‘Cynical Deception’ – And Call For Your Help In Fight For Fairer Funding

The Government’s announcement that the pay cap on police wages will be lifted has been criticised as a ‘cynical deception’ – that means nothing without proper funding. 

New analysis shows Labour’s £10 Real Living Wage would give nearly half a million workers in the East Midlands a pay rise 

Britain needs a pay rise. A Labour government would give almost a quarter of workers (23 per cent) a pay rise, with more than 40 per cent of workers in parts of the country benefitting, new analysis reveals. Real wages in Britain are still lower now than they were before the crisis, 10 years ago. Workers have faced a lost decade.


The Government has not done enough to boost pay, especially for those on the lowest incomes. For example, the OBR are now forecasting that the National Living Wage will be £8.75 per hour in 2020, not £9 per hour as had initially been promised. At the same time the OBR has forecast that the National Minimum Wage for 21-24 year olds will reach just £7.75 per hour for 21-24 year olds by 2020.

And under the Conservatives, the NLW is set to be even lower, after they watered down their commitment to it in their election manifesto. Labour will take a different approach, one which puts working people first.


As part of Labour’s commitments to improving the lives of working people across the country, it will raise the Minimum Wage to the level of the Living Wage (expected to be at least £10 per hour by 2020) – for all workers aged 18 or over, so that work pays.

New regional analysis reveals that nearly half a million workers in the East Midlands would get a pay rise under Labour’s proposals. In Nottingham City alone, 46,000 workers would be better off - and in Mansfield nearly 40% of the workforce would see an improvement in their pay packet. In Lincolnshire, a third would be getting a better deal, and in Leicester City, 40,000 workers would be bringing home more money.


Full-time employees currently earning the Government’s National Living Wage will be better off by over £2,500 in 2020 under Labour’s plans.

 

Labour will abolish the lower youth rate, making everyone over 18 entitled to the Real Living Wage. This means that 21-24 year olds currently earning the National Minimum Wage (NMW) will be better off by over £4,500 in 2020.


Analysis by the Labour Party shows the proportion of employees and number of people who will benefit from Labour’s Real Living Wage Policy on regional local authority district and unitary authority basis.


Rebecca Long-Bailey, Shadow Secretary for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, said:

“The stagnation of real wages currently being experienced is unprecedented since at least the Second World War. We must take bold and imaginative measures to tackle low pay. One crucial step in this direction is to raise the Minimum Wage to the level of the Living Wage, expected to be at least £10 per hour by 2020 – for all workers aged 18 or over.

“People should be rewarded for a full day’s work and need the dignity that comes with decent wages. Britain needs a pay rise and only a Labour government can deliver one.”

Labour’s £10 Real Living Wage would give half a million workers in the East Midlands a pay rise

New analysis shows Labour’s £10 Real Living Wage would give nearly half a million workers in the East Midlands a pay rise 

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