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Pay At Department For Work And Pensions

EDM number 388 in 2015-16, proposed by Roger Godsiff on 07/09/2015.
Categorised under the topics of Central government, Civil Service and Pay.

That this House notes with concern that the pay of public servants employed by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) was frozen in 2010 and 2011 and increased by a maximum of one per cent from 2012 to 2015, and pay has therefore fallen in real terms over the last five years; further notes that pay rises will be restricted to one per cent for the next four years; notes that the Government has refused to provide funding to enable DWP staff to progress through their pay scales during this period; understands that average pay for a DWP employee is below the national average; notes that 40 per cent of DWP staff earn less than £19,500 per year and 40 per cent have to rely on in-work benefits in order to survive; does not see why hon. Members should receive a 10 per cent pay rise when public servants on much smaller wages are permitted only one per cent; observes that staff at DWP are being asked to deliver huge operational changes and that DWP's annual operating cost has been slashed by £2.5 billion since 2010; notes the irony that staff in a Department which has become notorious for inflicting misery on the ill, disabled and unemployed are themselves often also struggling financially; believes that all Government employees should receive a pay rise that is in line with inflation and should have the chance to progress through their grade; and further believes that all Government employees should be paid enough to live on without needing in-work benefits.

This motion has been signed by a total of 22 MPs.

Roger Godsiff07/09/2015Birmingham, Hall GreenLabourProposed
Dennis Skinner08/09/2015BolsoverLabourSeconded
Kelvin Hopkins08/09/2015Luton NorthLabourSeconded
Paul Monaghan08/09/2015Caithness, Sutherland and Easter RossScottish National PartySeconded
Chris Stephens08/09/2015Glasgow South WestScottish National PartySeconded
Alan Meale08/09/2015MansfieldLabourSeconded
Chris Law09/09/2015Dundee WestScottish National PartySigned
Marie Rimmer10/09/2015St Helens South and WhistonLabourSigned
Caroline Lucas10/09/2015Brighton, PavilionGreenSigned
Jim Cunningham10/09/2015Coventry SouthLabourSigned
Jeremy Corbyn10/09/2015Islington NorthLabourSigned
Martin Docherty10/09/2015West DunbartonshireScottish National PartySigned
Ian Lavery10/09/2015WansbeckLabourSigned
Patrick Grady11/09/2015Glasgow NorthScottish National PartySigned
Rachael Maskell14/09/2015York CentralLabour/Co-operativeSigned
Stephen Gethins14/09/2015North East FifeScottish National PartySigned
Keith Vaz15/09/2015Leicester EastLabourSigned
Paul Flynn15/09/2015Newport WestLabourSigned
Alan Brown16/09/2015Kilmarnock and LoudounScottish National PartySigned
Mary Glindon17/09/2015North TynesideLabourSigned
David Crausby22/10/2015Bolton North EastLabourSigned
Richard Drax11/01/2016South DorsetConservativeSigned

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