The Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, Kirsty Williams has welcomed the news that the Coalition Government intends to accept the Pay Review Bodies report on local pay which states that there should be no new local pay rates or zones. The Government has confirmed that is committed to national pay in the NHS, prisons and the civil service.
“I am delighted that the Liberal Democrats have put a brake on George Osborne’s plans for regional or local pay. Yes, we need to rebalance the economy, but regional or local pay isn’t the answer.
“The Welsh Liberal Democrats have always believed that moves towards regional or local pay would further engrain regional inequalities. That is why which we took our campaign against regional pay to our Party Conference, which not only secured our party’s position on the matter, but also gave our Minister’s in Government a clear direction.
“It is important we do not forget that it was under Labour that regional pay was first introduced in to the courts system. I am proud that the Welsh Liberal Democrats, unlike Labour, managed to stop any further extension of regional and local pay.”