Public sector pay cap: Labour's John McDonnell says 'this is a cabinet of absolute chaos'

Public sector pay cap: Labour's John McDonnell says 'this is a cabinet of absolute chaos'

John McDonnell said the Government is chaotic

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has called for clarity on the public sector pay cap and said "this is a cabinet of absolute chaos."

He made the comments during PMQs today (July 5), as he said the way the Government is dealing with the pay cap is chaotic.

McDonnell went on to cite last week's claim by senior Conservative sources that the 1% pay cap would be reviewed - a claim on which the Government subsequently backtracked.

The Labour MP likened perceived disputes in the Cabinet to a playground scrap, according to The Guardian.

He went on to ask chief secretary to the Treasury Elizabeth Truss if she thinks this policy is causing nurses to leave their jobs, and explain how Government estimates will allow for extra money to be given to firefighters.

Truss responded by saying he was being “disingenuous," however speaker John Bercow said she must go back on the comment as MPs can't accuse one another of lying.

She went on to say that the Government is looking at recommendations made by a pay review body and will ensure a balance between affordability and staff retention is met.

Truss also said McDonnell had been talking down public services, but said she won't take her eye off them.