Call for Government to drop regional pay plans

The former minister for the North East Nick Brown has called on ministers to drop proposals which could open the way to local and regional pay settlements for public sector workers.

Speaking in the ongoing budget debate in the Commons, Mr Brown said their introduction would lead to unwelcome and unintended consequences. He also said it was a myth to suggest that higher public pay rates were crowding out the private sector locally.

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Budget 2012

The Chancellor has revealed the Government's plans for the 2012 budget. We look at what it holds and how it will affect the region.