Progress on Cambridge congestion charge is a positive move but not enough for low-paid workers and residents

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Having to factor in payment for STZ will mean for some that it is no longer viable to live and work in Cambridge

GMB Union welcomes the revised proposals of the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) on the STZ following the public consultation process. GMB is concerned that as yet there is little detail about the criteria for qualification for the 50 per cent discount and how ‘low-income’ will be defined for low-paid workers.

Typically, the introduction of additional living costs, especially in the current economic climate, is going to have the greatest impact on those workers least able to afford it, says GMB Union.

Gordon White, GMB London Region Organiser said:

“GMB has many members in and around Cambridge who are low-paid workers, many of whom have voiced their concerns about the affordability of STZ, even if they were to qualify for the proposed 50 per cent discounted rate.

“Cambridge is an expensive place to live, and expensive to visit. But without further concessions for the low-paid, it will be an expensive place to work. Hospital staff, workers in the hospitality industry, public services and retail staff are essential to local services and business. These are generally the workforce earning the national minimum wage or just above. These are the people who will be disproportionately impacted by the introduction of the STZ.

“Having to factor in an additional living cost will mean for some that it is no longer viable to live and work in Cambridge, and the impact on local businesses will be felt.”

GMB would welcome greater consideration and further consultation on the STZ with additional support to those who would be severely financially impacted by the charge.

Contact: Gordon White, GMB London Region Organiser 075 8305 0973.


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