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Ahead of tomorrow's budget East of England Labour MEP Alex Mayer says, this is a chance for the Chancellor to "give public sector workers a pay rise and prepare for Brexit", but that she fears Mr Hammond may "flunk it".

She says: "There is growing anger after seven years of austerity. I've visited hospitals where staff and patients agree, hardworking nurses and doctors deserve a pay rise. I don't want to see any jiggery pokery on this, we need extra money to pay NHS staff, not raiding other parts of the NHS budget." 

"Given the terrible toll Brexit looks set to have, we also need a bold vision from the Chancellor to put more money into infrastructure such as road and rail projects and for him to categorically promise that Brexit Britain won't become a bargain basement tax haven economy."

No jiggery pokery

Ahead of tomorrow's budget East of England Labour MEP Alex Mayer says, this is a chance for the Chancellor to "give public sector workers a pay rise and prepare for...

The announcement of the relocation of the European Medicines Agency to Amsterdam today is bad news for the East of England's pharmaceutical sector and the NHS warned Labour MEP Alex Mayer.

The relocation of the EMA will mean the loss of 900 jobs, a £285 million budget and investment from pharmaceutical companies who site proximity to the EMA for choosing the UK as a base.

The pharmaceutical industry is the backbone of the broader life sciences sector, which has a turnover of more than £60 billion a year.

Ms Mayer said: "Losing the EMA is a bitter pill to swallow. Not only will experienced staff lose their jobs but I fear a knock on effect in the thriving pharmaceutical industry. In a global market it does not take much to change future investment decisions and for companies to choose to relocate elsewhere. especially in Cambridge, Stevenage and Harlow's past success is not future proofed.

We also await answers from the Government about how medicines will be regulated post-Brexit. We don't want to see delays like in Canada and Australia, where drugs are regulated nationally and new medicines come to market between six months and a year later than in Europe.

Our NHS will suffer. Our successful pharmaceutical industry will suffer. But most of all, patients will suffer, from delays and the potential loss of access to medicines and research, if we are to crash out of the EU with a Hard Tory Brexit that leaves us outside the EMA altogether. It's a far cry from the extra £350 million a week we were promised for the NHS”

A bitter pill to swallow - European Medicines Agency moves away

The announcement of the relocation of the European Medicines Agency to Amsterdam today is bad news for the East of England's pharmaceutical sector and the NHS warned Labour MEP Alex Mayer. The relocation...

Norwich Remploy, based Sackville Place, off Magdalen Road, who provide services to help disabled people into work is set to close. Speaking in the European Parliament Euro MP Alex Mayer will say the Government has let Remploy down and that she is very dismayed that experienced employment coaches are expected to lose their jobs.

Four years ago when Norwich’s Remploy factory shut, the Department for Work and Pensions said “funding should be focused on helping disabled people into mainstream jobs”. Remploy in Norwich did as asked by the Government and today are helping people with disabilities to find and keep mainstream jobs. What they do works. However the DWP’s work programme is being replaced by much smaller work and health programme and funding has been slashed by around three quarters.

Ms Mayer who visited the organisation last week will say in Parliament: “The Government have gone back on their word."

She says: “Last week I saw Remploy’s “tree of success” decorated with the names of people they had helped into work. They told me about Milo who secured a full time job working on Cromer pier and Brandon who was hired for a job and said "I never thought I would be truly independent but with the help of Remploy and Project SEARCH, I now feel I have a future.

“Sadly it looks likely Remploy in Norwich will close as the cuts bite, while across the U.K. firms are being forced to abandon the welfare to work sector and experienced employment coaches are expected to lose their jobs.

“The government talk warm words about helping disabled people into work. But it is high time they put their money where their mouth is.”

Local helper John Graves who has been volunteering at Remploy Norwich since July said “It would be a real shame if this office were to close next year, they have helped so many people since I have been here. Remploy is a life saver.”

Norwich Remploy set to close

Norwich Remploy, based Sackville Place, off Magdalen Road, who provide services to help disabled people into work is set to close. Speaking in the European Parliament Euro MP Alex Mayer...


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