1% Public sector pay cap scrapped by Government

Public sector pay cap scrapped by Government

Theresa May has announced that the pay cap issuing lifted

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Government has confirmed that the much-criticised 1% cap on public sector pay rises has been removed.

Theresa May admitted that there needs to be "more flexibility" so that employees are attracted to roles and stay in positions, meaning "world class" public services can be delivered.

Prison officers are to be paid a 1.7% pay rise in 2017/18 and police officers will be handed a 1% lump sum as well as a 1% rise which has already been given, according to The Telegraph.

Extra pay is to be funded by savings made in the budgets of prisons and police forces.

However, for other public sector workers pay rises aren't expected until 2018/19. It is thought this will be possible with an increase in Government spending.

Despite the cap being lifted these pay rises are still lower than the rate of inflation. Unions had previously called for a 5% pay rise.

Before scrapping the cap was announced, Unite Union leader Len McCluskey had claimed illegal strikes would be called if the cap wasn't removed.