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Public sector pay cap must be lifted, former Treasury official says

Public sector pay cap must be lifted, former Treasury official says”

Because the government will announce that the pay of police and prison officers will increase more than that hated, below-inflation 1%.

Ministers will start lifting the public-sector pay cap on some workers within days, with rises expected for the police and prison officers.

Any vote on the motion would be non-binding on the Government but the Opposition is seeking to capitalise on Conservative support for public sector workers to receive a pay increase and Theresa May's lack of majority to pressure her to take action sooner than previously hinted.

Labour has refused to rule out supporting a coordinated strike over the issue of the 1% public sector pay cap.

If the government gave all public sector workers a 2.6 percent increase this year, the additional spending would rise to almost 3 billion pounds, IFS analyst Jonathan Cribb said.

Pay review boards are expected to report to the government on other public sector jobs in the Autumn.

As of now, no new money will be found for the prison and police services to fund the pay rises, which brings the risk of them having to make cuts elsewhere - and that will be controversial.

"But we don't want it to get to that stage. But public servants have put up with seven. years of no real pay increase and of course they are angry".

The Treasury is due to send out letters within weeks setting out the remit for public sector pay review bodies for next year's pay round and Mr Hammond is under pressure to allow them greater flexibility to recommend more generous rises.

The increase is likely to be announced on Wednesday to coincide with a Labour debate on a large rise for nurses.

Labour's shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth said: "We keep getting briefings in newspapers and suggestions that the government is sympathetic and wants to do something, and "oh, it's awful and we accept that but let's see where we get to".

The TUC said that the "ice was beginning to crack"... "You have the democratic right to ballot for industrial action and if as a result of those ballots you support industrial action - I tell you this on every case we have seen so far it has been just - and therefore yes, we'll be in parliament supporting you and we'll be on the picket line supporting you as well".

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