The UK Government’s public sector pay deal announced today is not good enough. It was announced that police officers would receive a 2% increase in pay, but with no central funding it will merely place more pressure on local constabularies.
According to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Wales the staffing and employee budget for the force totalled £127,092,000 for 2018/19. When you increase that funding by the 2% promised by the UK Government it means that North Wales Police will need to find £2,541,840 to increase police officers pay. As this money will be coming out of the limited budgets already held by North Wales Police it means that there will be limited funding available for recruitment, which is much needed. Read more “Police Pay Settlement”
I am deeply concerned by findings made by the Resolution Foundation, in their report ‘The Living Standards Audit 2018’, which shows that typical household incomes for working-age families grew by just 1.4% (in real terms) less than the average (2.1%) recorded between 1994 and 2007. This has resulted in inequality being little changed for the last decade and relative child poverty has “risen to its highest rate in at least 15 years, despite high levels of employment.”
The report states that working-age incomes in 2016-17 were just 4% higher than they were in 2006-07. When you focus on those on low to middle incomes, the Resolution Foundation notes, “the picture is even worse: growth of just 0.3% in 2016-17 left median incomes in the group entirely unchanged on the decade.” Read more “Resolution Foundation Report: Child Poverty on the rise”
I have welcomed the news that there has been a small decline in unemployment in the constituency. The total number of unemployed claimants in Delyn constituency in June 2018 was 970.
This represents a rate of 3.0% of the economically active population aged 16-64.
The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.8%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 4.2% in March to May 2018.
The number of claimants in Delyn constituency is 235 higher than June 2017 and 10 lower than May 2018. Read more “Unemployment: June 2018”
This week I attended an event organised by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Stem Cell Transplantation, which is chaired by local Alyn and Deeside MP, Mark Tami MP. This event was designed to increase awareness of the need for people to sign up to the stem cell register to help save lives.
At the reception MPs were informed about the current state of the registry. This presentation is the annual report of the Anthony Nolan and NHS Stem Cell Registry, which comprises the four aligned registers in the UK. Anthony Nolan, DKMS (UK), NHS Blood and Transplant, and the Welsh Blood Service. The report highlights the vital work undertaken in 2017 towards achieving the partners’ shared ambitions: recruiting stem cell donors to the aligned registers, banking umbilical cord blood donations, and providing donated stem cells to those in need of a lifesaving transplant. Read more “Stem Cell Register”