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I speak in parliament against the public sector pay cap

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Today, I spoke in parliament about the need for the public sector pay cap to be lifted. Norwich has three NHS trusts, two local authorities and a teaching hospital. Thousands of public sector workers contribute to our economy but, at present, are struggling to make ends meet. Invest in these people, lift the public sector pay cap and you invest in Norwich’s economy. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.

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commented 2017-07-19 20:55:37 +0100
Great. Glad to see you are speaking out against disgusting PIPs too. The questions and the way the interviews are usually conducted are deliberately designed to give people as little as possible, or nothing at all. This happened to my daughter on her first attempt before I got involved, even though she has a tracheotomy, is a neck breather and can’t speak.They also conduct them in out of the way places. Some claimants from Norwich had to go all the way to an industrial estate on the outskirts of Yarmouth to be assessed. I went with my daughter after she appealed. I had no idea of what the questions were like before this . Being a non-driver, as many claimants are, it took an hour and a half for me to find the place from when I got off the bus I had to catch from the bus station in Yarmouth. I asked a lady for directions who lived locally and she said it was so hard to find she would drive me.As we were leaving we crossed paths with some poor guy on crutches trying to struggle through the potholes. God knows how many people might have given up en route! One thing, though, on this occasion, the guy who interviewed my daughter was totally fair and very kind and she was awarded her Pips. Totally unlike the previous interview she had. Basically, any claimant going to one of these assessments, having had no instruction in how to go about answering the questions as happened my daughter when she first went to be assessed will often get nothing. I’d love to see Duncan Smith having to go through this process!

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