Staffordshire UNISON has today asked the Staffordshire Labour Group of Councillors to demonstrate its support for low paid local government workers by submitting the motion below to the next full Staffordshire County Council meeting. Since 2010, the local government workforce has endured years of pay restraint with the majority of pay points losing 27.5 per cent of their value since 2009/10. Staff are now facing the worst cost of living crisis in a generation, with RPI forecast by the Office for Budgetary Responsibility (OBR) to average at 9.8% across 2022 and currently running at 11.1%. Many staff are having to make impossible choices between food, heating and paying for other essentials. This is a terrible situation for anyone to find themselves in and it is time that the Government addressed this properly.