Public sector pay cap to be lifted for police and prison officers


The control is to lift the 1% public sector pay cap for the first time for both monitor and prison officers, the BBC understands.

Ministers are expected to accept recommendations for higher pay climbs this week and also to pave the way for similar increases in other sectors.

BBC public correspondent Iain Watson said it was the «first concrete example of the pay cap being dismantled».

Blocs, the opposition, and some Tories are calling for the cap to be lifted.

Public sector pay was fixed for two years in 2010, except for those earning less than £21,000 a year, and since 2013, upgrades have been capped at 1% — below the rate of inflation.

The heinous increases expected this week for police and prison officers are based on the recommendations of independent pay rehashing bodies, with recruitment and retention problems being cited in the case of poky officers.

The BBC understands the Treasury will then issue guidance on next year’s pay up, which is likely to see the cap eased in other areas where there are comparable problems, such as teaching and nursing.

Commons vote

It comes as MPs are set to referendum on public sector pay on Wednesday.

Labour’s health spokesman Jon Ashworth urged Fundamentalist MPs who «sincerely» believe the public sector pay cap should go to vote with his supporter during its Opposition Day debate, which would not be binding on the government.

He give someone a tongue-lashed Sky News: «We keep getting briefings in newspapers and suggestions that the direction is sympathetic and wants to do something, and ‘oh, it’s terrible and we accept that but let’s see where we get to’.»

The Exposed and Commercial Services union is to ballot its members on industrial action on the other side of the cap.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies has said raising pay in line with inflation for the next three or four years inclination cost £6bn to £7bn more than continuing with the current policy.

During Prime Vicar’s Questions on Wednesday, Theresa May said public sector workers were doing a quickening job in often harrowing circumstances.

She added that the government would cool ones heels for the publication of the police and prison officers’ pay review bodies’ reports beforehand deciding its policy framework for 2018-2019.

Speaking at the TUC conference in Brighton, broad secretary Frances O’Grady said it was time to «scrap the cap».

«I know that angel of mercies, paramedics and firefighters are very angry,» she said, adding that seven years was «a dream of time for anyone to manage» with pay restraint.

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