Regional Pay

Part of Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 6:28 pm on 20th June 2012.

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Photo of Alison Seabeck Alison Seabeck Shadow Minister (Defence) 6:28 pm, 20th June 2012

Indeed; I shall touch on that point briefly later.

More than 18,000 people in Plymouth work in the public sector. In my constituency, a massive 25% of the working population do so—one in four people—and to dampen pay rates could be devastating. The Government’s suggestion that it is easy to compare private sector and public sector jobs is absolute nonsense. In the south-west, large swathes of people work in the hospitality and agriculture sectors, earning very low wages. There is no simple read-across, and I would ask the Government to consider that fact carefully.