Results 1–20 of 1982 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Elizabeth Truss

NHS Pay (13 Sep 2017)

Elizabeth Truss: We have had an important debate, in which it is fair to say that both sides of the House have recognised the importance and hard work of workers across the NHS. I saw this hard work in action on the Becket ward of Worthing Hospital a few weeks ago, where deputy sister, Sue Grace, and her team were in an improvement huddle, where every day they look at how they can make life better for their...

NHS Pay (13 Sep 2017)

Elizabeth Truss: It is not true.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Wages (18 Jul 2017)

Elizabeth Truss: The key thing that we can do to increase productivity is to ensure that we invest in education and improve skills. We have more people going to university and doing apprenticeships, and we are investing in our rail and roads.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Wages (18 Jul 2017)

Elizabeth Truss: We have made sure that basic rate taxpayers are paying £1,000 less tax by raising the personal allowance. We are also introducing the national living wage, bringing in a £1,400 rise in take-home pay for the lowest earners.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Wages (18 Jul 2017)

Elizabeth Truss: My right hon. Friend is right. We now have the lowest levels of unemployment since 1975, thanks to the economic policies pursued by this Government to improve skills and infrastructure, and to take sensible decisions on public sector pay.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Wages (18 Jul 2017)

Elizabeth Truss: Fewer than 3% of people are on zero-hours contracts and, as Matthew Taylor recognised, many people want that flexibility so that they can combine their work with the other things in their lives. We need to ensure that people have the skills to get better jobs in the future, and that is exactly what this Government are investing in.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Wages (18 Jul 2017)

Elizabeth Truss: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. Is it not amazing that not one Labour Member has welcomed the fact that we have the lowest unemployment since 1975, or that we have lower youth unemployment? In fact, the Opposition model their policies on countries such as Greece, which has exceptionally high youth unemployment, and they take for granted the progress that we have made over the past seven years.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Wages (18 Jul 2017)

Elizabeth Truss: Yet again, the right hon. Gentleman is not giving the House the full picture of what is happening with public sector wages. Last year, teachers’ pay went up by 3.3%. More than half of nurses and other NHS workers saw a pay rise of over 3%, and the armed services saw a pay rise of 2.4%. The cleaner he talked about was employed not by the public sector but by Serco. The right hon....

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Wages (18 Jul 2017)

Elizabeth Truss: The right hon. Gentleman still has not acknowledged the truth of the figures that I cited—the 3% pay rise for over half of nurses and the 3.3% rise for teachers. He simply will not look at the facts. The reality is that public sector workers are, rightly, paid in line with the private sector to allow the public and private sectors to flourish so that we can create wealth in this...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Public Sector Pay (18 Jul 2017)

Elizabeth Truss: We hugely value the work of public servants—teachers, police and nurses. That is why they are paid in line with the private sector, and, in addition, receive a 10% increment, on average, for their pensions.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Public Sector Pay (18 Jul 2017)

Elizabeth Truss: We do take notice of what the independent pay review bodies say. We have just approved the recommendations of the teachers pay review body and of the nurses pay review body. Listening to their recommendations, the pay review body for the NHS said: “We do not see significant short-term nationwide recruitment and retention issues that are linked to pay.” We followed that advice and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Public Sector Pay (18 Jul 2017)

Elizabeth Truss: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. The worst thing that we could do is to support the Labour party’s policies, which would, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, lead to the highest levels of taxation in peacetime history.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Public Sector Pay (18 Jul 2017)

Elizabeth Truss: I point out to the hon. Gentleman that, in fact, teachers have seen a 3% pay rise, many nurses get progression pay and people in the armed forces get an X-factor supplement that is worth 2.4% a year. Their salaries are in line with private sector salaries. It would be wrong to have a significant differential between the public and private sectors, because we need businesses to thrive in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (18 Jul 2017)

Elizabeth Truss: As the Labour party admits, cancelling student debt would cost £100 billion. The Opposition made that reckless promise, which would see the debt soar, during the election campaign, but now they say it is just an “ambition”. Are they going to say sorry to the people they made their promise to, and are they going to say sorry to the British public for threatening to bankrupt...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (18 Jul 2017)

Elizabeth Truss: The increase in the national living wage to £7.50 an hour means that a full-time worker on minimum wages has had a pay rise of £2,800 since 2010. More than 150,000 low-wage workers in Scotland are benefiting from that extra money.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (18 Jul 2017)

Elizabeth Truss: The hon. Lady should be aware that more than half of nurses and NHS workers saw a 3% pay rise last year. She needs to check her facts.

Public Sector Pay Cap (5 Jul 2017)

Elizabeth Truss: We all recognise that public sector workers do a fantastic job. Over the past seven years, we have seen major improvements in our public services. Crime is down, with a greater proportion of police on the frontline. More children are achieving higher standards at school and going on to apprenticeships and university. Our NHS is looking after more people than at any time in its history....

Public Sector Pay Cap (5 Jul 2017)

Elizabeth Truss: I do not know whether to be disappointed or delighted that the shadow Chancellor does not want to see me at the Dispatch Box, but I am here today to answer his questions because I am responsible for this policy area, and I think that is entirely appropriate. As has been outlined by the Prime Minister and the Chancellor already, our policy on public sector pay remains in place, because it is...

Public Sector Pay Cap (5 Jul 2017)

Elizabeth Truss: I do withdraw that, Mr Speaker, and apologise for it. Perhaps the right hon. Gentleman was mistaken in what he said, because in 2015-16 we saw teachers get 3.3% worth of progression pay, we saw more than half of nurses and NHS workers get over 3%, and we saw military service personnel receive 2.4%. I therefore suggest that he include those facts in the figures next time he speaks. As for the...

Public Sector Pay Cap (5 Jul 2017)

Elizabeth Truss: My right hon. and learned Friend has a huge amount of experience in this area. He is correct to say that we need to take account of the sustainable, long-term financing of public services. We need to look at the specific issues in each sector where we need to recruit and retain staff, and we also need to look at fairness with the private sector. At the moment, public sector and private sector...


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