'Theresa May is likely to lift the public sector pay cap, but not as a result of Nicola Sturgeon'

'Theresa May is likely to lift the public sector pay cap, but not as a result of Nicola Sturgeon'

Nicola Sturgeon revealed her government's plans for the next year

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The Government is likely to lift the public sector pay cap, but not as a result of Nicola Sturgeon's announcement, according to a leading journalist.

Scotland's First Minister has announced that the 1% cap on public sector pay in Scotland will be removed next year and future rises in pay would be based on the cost of living.

John Ashmore, news editor of Politics Home, told Sam Delaney the UK government will probably follow suit but "I don’t think it’s a direct consequence of anything Nicola Sturgeon has done."

He says that, if Theresa May does announce that she's lifting the cap, "it’s a chance for her to reassert her domestic credentials."

However he believes today's announcement is the "right thing for Nicola Sturgeon to be doing at this stage: I think Scottish voters are fed up with the constitutional questions with the constant angling for a referendum."

Long-term, Ashmore believes services like the NHS and teaching are "going to suffer as experienced people leave."

Listen to the full interview above

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