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Yesterday evening, The Labour Party's motion to remove the NHS staff pay cap was passed. It's about time those who work so hard to look after us get a pay rise. Now, Labour will be pushing to make sure this is actually delivered. 

It has also been announced this week that police officers will have their pay cap lifted (see my post from earlier today: https://www.facebook.com/labourclivelewis/posts/1485075944902541). I welcome this move, but the extra money will be coming out of the existing pay budget - and this budget hasn’t been increased. I’ve been told this is therefore likely to have implications on the number of officers in Norwich and Norfolk. The Tories are effectively robbing Peter to pay Paul. What’s more, the pay rise given to police staff will be greater than that afforded to NHS staff: another attempt by this government to ‘divide and rule’. 

The Tories need to make sure public sector workers all get the pay rise they deserve *and* that funding is available so staff levels don’t have to be slashed in order for this to happen.

Watch this video to hear more from me about this issue: HERE.

#ScraptheCap: my thoughts

Yesterday evening, The Labour Party's motion to remove the NHS staff pay cap was passed. It's about time those who work so hard to look after us get a pay rise....

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The public inquiry into the terrible fire at Grenfell Tower fire starts today. Since the fire, I’ve taken a lot of action locally and in Parliament on the issues that have come up since. This is an update on what I’ve done and am continuing to do.

Immediately following the Grenfell fire, I got in contact with the key organisations in Norwich to seek assurances about the fire safety of any cladding in the city. The City Council informed me they were carrying out full risk assessments of each block, in addition to the daily safety checks conducted by wardens. I have been in regular correspondence with these organisations since about the issue.

When it was announced that the cladding on Geoffrey Watling Way had failed its fire safety test I came back from Parliament to meet with Broadland Housing, Taylor Wimpey and the Norfolk Fire Service on site.

The Fire Service informed me they were making changes to increase fire safety such as moving cars from underneath the tower blocks, 24/7 wardens and new instructions to evacuate the buildings immediately in the event of a fire.

I followed up this action with a series of written parliamentary questions to Alok Sharma, the Housing Minister, regarding the testing being carried out by the Government. I made the response I received public and sent it to all the key local organisations.

I also spoke in Parliament on how the cuts being made to local councils by this Tory Government could result in some councils making compromises on safety. I talked about how Norwich City Council are being forced to make cuts of £7.4 million a year to repairs and improvements, among other investments. I said we were fortunate to have a Labour-run council that puts fire safety paramount, but that they were inevitably feeling the strain.

The latest update I have from the City Council is they will be inspecting all tower block leaseholders' doors to ensure they comply with the fire safety standards upheld by the Council for tenants. It is vital all front doors to flats are fire doors so that any fire can be contained.

I will always work hard to ensure my constituents are safe in their homes. I will always defend my constituents from reckless Tory cuts. I will always be Norwich's voice in Westminster, not Westminster's voice in Norwich.

Grenfell: my action in parliament and in Norwich

The public inquiry into the terrible fire at Grenfell Tower fire starts today. Since the fire, I’ve taken a lot of action locally and in Parliament on the issues that...

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It’s right and proper that our fantastic police officers, who keep the city and county safe, are properly paid and I welcome the news that they will receive pay rise. But it shouldn’t come at the cost of having to cut officer numbers - something Norfolk Constabulary's Chief Constable Simon Bailey has warned may be the end result.

The blame has to be squarely with the government and their austerity policies and the real time cuts to police funding. We should be able to pay police officers and PCSOs.

Read more in this article from EDP 24, which contains a quote from me: HERE

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