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Pay thaw! Theresa May lifts 1% public sector cap

Pay thaw! Theresa May lifts 1% public sector cap”

National Police Chiefs' Constable Francis Habgood pointed out that wages make up more than 50 percent of total force budgets, which have suffered real terms cuts of 18 percent since 2010.

The government has today confirmed that it will lift the 1% public sector pay cap for rank and file police officers in 2017-2018.

The Police Federation said the prime minister was "losing touch with reality", claiming pay had in fact fallen 16% in real terms since 2010, when inflation is taken into account.

The Home Office said the 1 per cent bonus for police officers would cost police forces £30 million.

The police and prison officer pay rises will be financed by their departments, prompting a warning that for the police this could threaten services because of the extra strain on resources.

She added that public sector pay had to be fair for taxpayers as well as the workers.

And Jeremy Corbyn said May's claim revealed "just how divorced the prime minister and her government are from reality". "Officers are struggling to keep their heads above water and all we are asking for is fair recognition".

The Prime Minister was responding to Labour claims that the 2% increase in police pay announced on Tuesday amounted to a real-terms cut at a time when inflation was running at 2.9%.

Following a proposed one percent pay increase for police and prison staff, British Prime Minister (PM) Theresa May has come under fire from top law enforcement officials regarding the source of funding.

But the Police Federation stressed that this was not a typical example and that those who had started in 2010 made up less than 4% of all officers.

Responding, Mrs May said public sector review bodies were independent, and that Mr Corbyn had failed to take account of automatic pay increases for many in the public sector. "The Home Office pointed out that police forces have reserves now of £1.8bn, which is an increase from £1.4bn".

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady branded the increases for police and prison officers "pathetic", on a day when the latest inflation figures showed prices rising by 2.9% annually.

On the Huffington Post, Paul Waugh writes: "The PM's spokesman told us the Cabinet recognised the need for "more flexibility", but you can't pay the bills with flexibility".

Pay rises were supposed to be capped at one per cent until the end of the decade in an attempt to curb spiralling government debts.

"Lifting of the pay cap will be welcomed by the workforce".



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