Fears about regional pay ‘unnecessary’ says Cable

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public sector workerFamilies across the country are concerned about the scheduled government consultations to bring in regional pay. But the Business Secretary Vince Cable has promised the coalition won't "impose low pay" on public-sector workers.

If the plans were to go ahead, workers such as nurses, teachers and those in the police force could be paid a different salary purely because of where they live. This would, in theory, see some families receive significantly lower pay.

The plans have been slammed in recent weeks. Opponents say some regions, including Wales, would lose out significantly.

Earlier this year First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones described the proposal as "ludicrous" and as "code for cutting pay in Wales".

But this week on a visit to Cardiff, Mr Cable said fears surrounding the proposals are "unnecessary".

"There is no question whatsoever of average low pay across Wales in the public sector being imposed from central government," he said.

"All that's happened so far is that the Treasury is putting in evidence between the difference between public and private-sector pay in different parts of the country."