Knowsley councillors have backed fair pay rises for school and council workers at this week’s full council meeting.
A Notice of Motion proposed by Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Resources Cllr Jayne Aston and seconded by Council Leader Cllr Graham Morgan supports a call from trade unions GMB, UNISON, and UNITE for the Government to fund a 10% pay rise for local government and school workers.
The motion states that during the pandemic local government workers have been an ‘invaluable asset’ to the communities they serve often putting themselves at risk as they work to protect public health, ensure children are educated, look after older and vulnerable people and keep our communities clean and safe.
This is against a backdrop of reductions local authority funding – with Knowsley one of the hardest hit by cuts – and more than 10 years of pay restraint for the local government workforce, which has reduced by more than 30% since 2010.
The motion adds: “Local government workers deserve a proper, real terms pay increase. The Government needs to take responsibility and fully fund such an increase; it should not put the burden on local authorities whose funding has been cut to the bone and who have not been offered adequate support through the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Support for the Royal British Legion’s Stop the Service Charge Campaign
Councillors have also supported a campaign calling on the Government to scrap immigration fees for servicemen and women from the Commonwealth who wish to stay in the UK after they leave the service.
There are around 9,000 non-UK personnel serving in the armed forces, with approximately 500 non-UK personnel leaving the services every year. Currently those who choose to stay in the UK must apply for settlement costing £2,389 per person.
The Royal British Legion’s Stop the Service Charge campaign calls for the abolition of fees after four years of service, when personnel are legally eligible to claim Indefinite Leave to Remain.
Support for communities to oppose planning applications
Controversial proposals to remove residents’ rights to object to planning applications in their own neighbourhoods if the area is zoned for growth or renewal, have been opposed by Knowsley councillors.
Members agreed a Notice of Motion which supports pressure from the House of Commons on the Government to review its reforms of the planning system in order to protect residents’ rights to object to individual planning applications.
Read the full Notices of Motion here