I have called on the UK Government to review the planned increase in rail fares for 2018. This follows news that rail fares in Britain will go up by an average 3.4% from 2 January 2018.

The increase is the biggest since 2013 and covers regulated fares, which includes season tickets, and unregulated fares, such as off-peak leisure tickets.

Rail fares have now witnessed an ever increasing price rise in each of the past 3 years. In January 2016 prices increased by a little over 1%, January 2017 saw an increase of nearly 2.5% and now this increase of 3.4% will put pressure on families.

Public sector workers, who have had their pay capped at 1% for the past seven years, will be hit badly by this increase in fares. Inflation has been hitting 3% meaning that people’s take home pay has been cut in real terms. This increase on the cost of living will harm working households further still. Read more “Rail Fare rise”

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The cap on Public Sector Pay was introduced by this government and has ensured that those who work in our public services – such as police and prison officers, nurses, teachers and firefighters – have not seen a pay rise higher than 1% in years. When you take into account inflation is currently at 3% you can see that these hard working public servants have in reality faced a pay cut.

That’s why at Treasury Questions I called on the Chief Secretary to the Treasury to scrap the cap. She tried to muddy the waters saying no such cap exists. But ask any public sector worker and they will tell you with no doubt that it most certainly does.