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Issue:- 10 October 2013


A tax break to married couples will cost £600m per year compared to £500m per year saved by reneging on the promised pay rise to NHS staff says GMB.  GMB, the union for workers in the NHS, responded to news that Government has told the NHS pay review body that it will not honour the promise for an across the board pay rise for NHS staff from 1 April 2014.

Rehana Azam, GMB National Officer for the NHS, said:- "The NHS pay review body is an independent body which receives evidence which then recommends pay rises in the NHS.  You only have to spend time with a paramedic, nurse, theatre porter or any other frontline NHS worker to see their number one priority is to deliver quality care and the best outcomes to patients they care for.  Why then does Jeremy Hunt want to berate and bully staff while they are trying to do a good job often under difficult circumstances. This is just wrong and will not be tolerated.  If the Secretary of State wants to employ bullying employer tactics to dictate to this independent pay review body how pay should be determined in the NHS our response is simple; we will fight this. Government's attacks on the NHS are already significantly undermining the delivery of care. GMB members are already totally fed up with this government's cuts to NHS services and jobs which staff recognize put patient wellbeing at risk.  If the Government now wants to attack NHS staff pay while offering tax cuts to married couples it will be the final straw that will lead to calls for industrial action.  Offering a tax break to married couples will cost £600m per year to the Exchequer compared to the £500m per year that could be saved by reneging on the promised pay rise to NHS staff."

Landlords asked to combat anti-social behaviour

PRIVATE landlords in Liverpool have been urged to join with the City Council in dealing with anti-social behaviour.

At a meeting of 20 landlords they were reminded of their responsibilities in preventing and remedying problems.

This was the 1st of landlord awareness session, organised by CLASS (Citywide landlord accreditation safety scheme), and was held as part of a 10 point pledge adopted by the Council.

The landlords were urged by Councillor Ann O'Byrne, cabinet member for housing, to take action in carrying out adequate checks to cut the risk of letting to someone likely to behave anti- socially. Tenancy agreements should also include appropriate clauses about anti – social behaviour.

"Anti-social behaviour causes misery for neighbours and damages communities. This year our enforcement officers have made more than 600 visits to homes of victims of this type of behaviour to provide reassurance and see what action can be taken. We are looking to landlords to work with us in tackling this issue. We expect all landlords, to take reasonable action to prevent and, where necessary, to remedy anti -social behaviour. Most landlords are responsible and want to work for the good of their tenants and the wider community. We will support them in carrying out their responsibilities so that together we can stop anti-social behaviour."
said Councillor Ann O'Byrne.

The session was also addressed by Tom Reynolds from the National Landlord Association about good practice for dealing with anti-social behaviour.

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