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Civil servants 'lose £680 of their income'

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 11, 2012

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Civil servants living in the Westcountry have lost hundreds of pounds from their income this year due to Government austerity measures, it has been claimed.

A survey among members of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) found the average civil servant had lost more than £680 in income in the last six months.

The findings were published as the TUC annual conference opens this week and at which PCS delegates will call for joint union strike action over cuts to pay, pensions and jobs.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said plummeting salary levels did not just affect individual households. "Our communities are being badly hit by this government's brutal and unnecessary cuts to public spending that are clearly not working," he said.

The survey carried out by the PCS found that half of members said their salary had reduced because they had been forced to increase pension contributions, while nearly a third blamed the rising cost of living.

In the survey, 88% of people across the UK said Chancellor George Osborne's most recent budget made them worse off.

In the South West, some civil servants said they were losing more than £200 a month.

Almost nine in ten people across the country say they have cut down on spending, and 92% said they had experienced increased stress over the last six months as a result of economic issues.

The issue will be discussed at the TUC's annual conference in Brighton this week, where the union's theme is "Say No to Austerity".

The conference will also hear from unions representing health workers in the South West about NHS proposals to form a pay cartel.

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