East Lancs hospital staff fury at rise in car park fees

Full-time staff at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust will now pay £13.50 a month to park at their place of work

Full-time staff at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust will now pay £13.50 a month to park at their place of work

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HOSPITAL workers have been ‘outraged’ by a hike in their parking charges at the Royal Blackburn and Burnley General.

Union chiefs said they have been in negotiations with East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) about the changes, but then an email to staff this week advised them of the increase.

Full-time staff will now pay £13.50 a month for a space, having paid £9.60 since 2006. Anyone working less than 20 hours a week will pay £7.50 a month.

Peter Dales, Unison representative for ELHT, said: “There’s a lot of outrage because some staff are really struggling. It’s a significant increase and we were trying to find whether there might be a fairer way of raising the cash.

“Some staff earn less than the ‘living wage’ of £7.50 per hour and I know of those who have to access foodbanks because they are struggling so much.”

He said staff had already been angered by the Government’s refusal to award a one per cent pay rise to all workers this year.

Only those who have reached the top of their pay band were offered the increase.

The car parks at ELHT are run by private contractors under the trust’s Private Finance Initiative (PFI) deals, with the income rolled into the overall contract.

Mr Dales said the move was likely to exacerbate problems in residential streets near the hospitals, where people have complained about parking.

The charges for patients and visitors have not changed.

Kevin Moynes, the trust’s head of human resources and organisational development, said: “East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust has recently reviewed staff car park charges to reflect the cost to the trust.”

“Trust employees continue to benefit from subsidised parking charges and this is the first increase since 2006.”

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5:24pm Thu 14 Aug 14

A Darener says...

“Some staff earn less than the ‘living wage’ of £7.50 per hour and I know of those who have to access foodbanks because they are struggling so much.”
But they can afford to run a car?
“Some staff earn less than the ‘living wage’ of £7.50 per hour and I know of those who have to access foodbanks because they are struggling so much.” But they can afford to run a car? A Darener
  • Score: -1

5:47pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Mr Blunt says...

The monthly parking charge is not for a 'space' .... There aren't always spaces available so some staff pay the £3.50 per day to park on the visitors car park as well as the monthly £13.50! What next .... ELHT charging staff for actually going to work?!
The monthly parking charge is not for a 'space' .... There aren't always spaces available so some staff pay the £3.50 per day to park on the visitors car park as well as the monthly £13.50! What next .... ELHT charging staff for actually going to work?! Mr Blunt
  • Score: 7

5:50pm Thu 14 Aug 14

A Darener says...

Staff should not be allowed on the non staff car parks. There is insufficient space as it is.
Staff should not be allowed on the non staff car parks. There is insufficient space as it is. A Darener
  • Score: -9

6:23pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Owd Akela says...

Mr Blunt says...

The monthly parking charge is not for a 'space' .... There aren't always spaces available so some staff pay the £3.50 per day to park on the visitors car park as well as the monthly £13.50! What next .... ELHT charging staff for actually going to work?!

So why don't they park on Car Park J - I know it's a bit of a bomb site but it's £1.50 per day.
Mr Blunt says... The monthly parking charge is not for a 'space' .... There aren't always spaces available so some staff pay the £3.50 per day to park on the visitors car park as well as the monthly £13.50! What next .... ELHT charging staff for actually going to work?! So why don't they park on Car Park J - I know it's a bit of a bomb site but it's £1.50 per day. Owd Akela
  • Score: -2

9:44pm Thu 14 Aug 14

burner says...

A Darener wrote:
“Some staff earn less than the ‘living wage’ of £7.50 per hour and I know of those who have to access foodbanks because they are struggling so much.”
But they can afford to run a car?
This links into comments today on repossessions. People should prioritise between mortgage/rent payments / gambling / alcohol / advanced technological media / transport / various other luxuries . . . . . one of these MUST be the main priority at the expense of all the others. Live within your means.
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If you are working less than 20 hours a week on £7.50 an hour, that is £150 income per week. Darener asks " can they afford to run a car? "
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: “Some staff earn less than the ‘living wage’ of £7.50 per hour and I know of those who have to access foodbanks because they are struggling so much.” But they can afford to run a car?[/p][/quote]This links into comments today on repossessions. People should prioritise between mortgage/rent payments / gambling / alcohol / advanced technological media / transport / various other luxuries . . . . . one of these MUST be the main priority at the expense of all the others. Live within your means. . If you are working less than 20 hours a week on £7.50 an hour, that is £150 income per week. Darener asks " can they afford to run a car? " burner
  • Score: 2

12:22pm Fri 15 Aug 14

vicn1956 says...

Everywhere you look on what the last government did you find incompetency!
Still-millions will vote for them next election.
Everywhere you look on what the last government did you find incompetency! Still-millions will vote for them next election. vicn1956
  • Score: 0

1:15pm Fri 15 Aug 14

POW WOW says...

A disgrace..... get a petition together asking for a pay rise in all departments to counteract this.
A disgrace..... get a petition together asking for a pay rise in all departments to counteract this. POW WOW
  • Score: 0

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