THERE are some very emotive letters being printed regarding the issue of regional pay in the health service and having looked into the figures I wonder if the writers of these missives all work in the public sector, or if they just don't know the facts.
Latest figures available (2011) show average national earnings at £26,244 ,while the figure for North Devon is £16,937. Which means that the average employed person in this area receives £9,307 per annum less than the average for the country. Quite shocking isn't it?
With the exception, that is, of public sector workers who are paid at national rates.
This means that the Health Service workers who are, (and it's not difficult to see why) making such a fuss about the introduction of regional rates are in fact very highly paid by local standards.
So when you next see their demonstration and they ask you to "toot" to show your support , remember that they are asking you to show that you agree that they should be paid 59 per cent more than you. Are you still going to "toot"?
It is also worth remembering that it is not "the Government's" money that pays the high salaries, pensions and perks of civil servants, it is your taxes.
We all, I am sure, shop around to try to get best value when purchasing virtually anything, so let's support anyone who is doing the same thing on our behalf with regards to public services. It's comforting to think that there are people in responsible positions who are looking after our interests and our money.