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Labour’s Caitlin Bisknell, says that Government changes to firefighters’ pensions are built on the assumption of a dangerously low aerobic fitness standard which could put lives at risk.  

Caitlin said: “The Government’s Firefighters’ pension regulations are not fit for purpose and Labour will oppose them. They are based on an assumption about a dangerously low fitness standard, which would put public safety and the lives of firefighters at risk.

“Importantly, these regulations are not the only configuration possible within the amount of money that the Treasury has set aside for the scheme. Devolved Governments are negotiating fairer alternative proposals within these financial limits and have averted strike action. In England, Ministers in DCLG have failed to do so.

“The Tories can’t build a better future for working people because they stand up only for a privileged few.Firefighters risk their lives to save ours and they deserve better than this.”

Caitlin is backing Labour calls for a full Parliamentary debate to hold the Government to account and oppose the regulations.

The Governments own report, the Williams Review, states that the aerobic fitness measure the Government is basing its plans on means: “The risk of sudden catastrophic cardiac events increases… with a risk of sudden death particularly while undergoing high levels of physical exertion”. This flawed fitness standard would put firefighters needlessly at risk and fail to protect the public.

If a more robust fitness standard is implemented it would mean that the assumptions on which the Government’s pension regulations are based would no longer be valid. The result would be that a number of firefighters who try to maintain fitness would be unable to meet these operational standards into their late 50s through no fault of their own.

 

Government’s pension changes could put firefighters’ lives at risk

Labour’s Caitlin Bisknell, says that Government changes to firefighters’ pensions are built on the assumption of a dangerously low aerobic fitness standard which could put lives at risk.   Caitlin...

David Cameron and George Osborne have failed every test and broken every promise they’ve made on the economy, says Labour’s Caitlin Bisknell.

“They promised that we were all in this together but gave millionaires a huge tax cut. They promised people would be better off but most people in High Peak are not feeling the recovery and working people are now £1,600 a year worse off under the Tories. 

“I know from talking to people and local businesses across High Peak that they are still feeling the pinch of the cost of living crisis.  It’s no wonder that the Chancellor had to admit that his key promise – to balance the nation’s books by next year – now lies in tatters. Wages are not rising and too many people are stuck in low-paid jobs, so the tax revenues we need to get the deficit down are not coming in.”

Caitlin said that the Tories did not understand the fundamental link between the living standards of everyday working people in High Peak and Britain’s ability to deal with the deficit. George Osborne has now borrowed a staggering £219 billion more than he planned and the economy is set to slow down next year after forecasts for wages have been revised down again.

“Yet the Chancellor still tries to claim that the economy is fixed and his plan is working.

“What we need is the better and fairer plan Labour has set out. Labour’s plan will raise the minimum wage, expand free childcare for working parents, scrap the bedroom tax and cut business rates for small firms. We will balance the books in a fairer way, starting by reversing the Tories’ £3 billion a year tax cut for the top one per cent of earners.”

Changing stamp duty to help people on middle and low incomes is welcome, but we also need a Mansion tax to help to save and to transform our NHS. With an extra £2.5 billion a year on top of Tory spending plans we can get the extra 20,000 nurses and 8,000 GPs we need to help transform our NHS and save it from the Tories.

“The Tories promised to eliminate the deficit by 2015 but with less money coming in because of their poor economic decisions, they have failed their own economic test and its hardworking people who are paying the price. We need for an economic recovery for the many, not just a few,” Caitlin added.

TORY ECONOMIC RECORD OF REPEATED BROKEN PROMISES

David Cameron and George Osborne have failed every test and broken every promise they’ve made on the economy, says Labour’s Caitlin Bisknell. “They promised that we were all in this...

Labour’s Caitlin Bisknell today gave a cautious welcome to the announcement of £170m funding package for the Glossop spur and Mottram Moor link road. 

“With so many Glossop people - around 75% - working outside Derbyshire any scheme like the Glossop spur which helps people get to and from work more easily and opens up new opportunities for local businesses has to be welcomed.  

“However, what Glossopdale needs is a scheme which relieves the bottleneck completely, not one has the potential to make matters worse, not better, for some residents. 

“My worry is that this scheme might just to push the traffic jam further back down the road into Tintwistle which will just add to misery of people living on the road, exacerbating the already unacceptable levels of noise and pollution posed by heavy traffic rumbling past their front doors every day. They must await the results of a feasibility study into the trans-Pennine tunnel. 

“Along with Glossopdale residents I look forward to finding out more about the exact route proposed, the timetable and the feasibility study – and the potential impact on local roads.” 

Cllr Dave Wilcox said: “In 35 years as a local councillor I have seen secretaries of state and governments come and go, and a catalogue of announcements which have raised expectations but subsequently led to only marginal improvements.

“On behalf of the majority of people in Glossopdale I now want to see the planning consents approved and construction underway – and look forward to cracking open a bottle of Mouselow Ale to celebrate!”

Caitlin offers cautious welcome to Glossop spur news

Labour’s Caitlin Bisknell today gave a cautious welcome to the announcement of £170m funding package for the Glossop spur and Mottram Moor link road.  “With so many Glossop people -...

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