Public sector workers deserve jobs that are fairly rewarded. The Government has indeed confirmed that it will be moving away from the 1 per cent public sector pay policy, towards a more flexible approach on pay.
We still need to deal with our country’s debts to ensure we have a strong economy to enable us to invest in our public services. The Government will consider each specific workforce to ensure pay is set so that the public sector can continue to both attract and hold on to the excellent staff that support our world-leading public services.
Before Ministers make final decisions on pay awards, they will seek the views of the eight independent Pay Review Bodies. They will report in 2018, at which point the Government will consider their recommendations and announce public sector pay awards for each of those work forces. In the interim, several departments have chosen to fund pay rises for those working in front line services. For example, prison officers received an above 1 per cent pay award last year.
Since 2010 the deficit has been cut by two thirds, helping secure our economy for the future. There is more to be done, but thanks to the actions that have been taken, the Government can now apply greater flexibility to public sector pay. Ministers will continue to ensure that the overall package for public sector workers recognises their vital contribution and ensures that they can deliver world class public services, while also being affordable and fair to taxpayers as a whole.