The text of the comments made by Anneliese Dodds, the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, on 21 July 2020.
The Conservatives froze public sector pay for seven long years, and the rises they introduced after that failed to plug the gap.
A pay rise for our police, nurses and teachers now is good news, but for many frontline workers it still won’t make up for a decade of real terms pay cuts.
And many other public sector workers – including those working on the front line in social care – won’t get a pay rise out of this at all because the Tories haven’t made good on their promises to boost local authority funding.
That’s not fair – and it’s no way to reward those who’ve been at the forefront of fighting this pandemic.