Thames Valley Cost of Living campaign

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2017 Health Care Service Group Conference
14 December 2016
Carried as Amended

This Conference notes that NHS pay has not kept up with the cost of living. With a fall in pay of approximately 10-12% many regions are having major staffing and recruitment problems. Especially in London and the South East where the cost of living tends to be much higher. For example, Oxfordshire is the most expensive place outside of London in terms of housing costs.

This Conference recognises that some employers are beginning to pay outer London allowances in the South East region to aid recruitment of staff.

This branch has recognised this as a major issue and has now developed a cost of living supplement campaign, with Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Bucks.

This branch believes that all staff should receive the allowance if implemented rather than allowing the employers to choose who they give it to as is happening at present

This Conference asks for the Service Group Executive for support for this campaign and requests that the Service Group Executive:

1)Publicises and assists in building this campaign in the south East

2)Supports any other countries, regions or branches where the cost of living is a detriment to staff recruitment or those that work in those regions.