Stockport Lib Dems call for public sector pay cap to be lifted

by Iain Roberts on 13 September, 2017

Amidst mounting speculation that the UK government may finally be prepared to act, Stockport Liberal Democrats have put forward a motion to a meeting of the Council on Thursday this week calling for the Public Sector Pay Cap to be lifted.

Currently all public sector workers, including nurses, police officers and local government workers are subject to a 1% cap on any pay rises, despite the fact that inflation is running at nearly three times that amount, and many families continue to struggle as a result.

Cllr Mark Hunter, Leader of the Lib Dem Group at Stockport Town Hall and mover of the motion, said: “Frankly, it is a disgrace that public sector workers have been treated in this way for so long.

“When the cap was introduced, economic circumstances were very different, and it was only ever intended as a short-term measure. Instead, the Conservative government have continued with the policy and many public sector workers find their pay is falling behind that of employees in the private sector, which is simply unfair.

“We are calling on the government to do the right thing by the public sector and recognise the immense contribution of so many nurses, police officers and local government workers among others and give them a fair deal.

“It will simply not be good enough if government chooses to cherry pick individual groups of workers, it is about time they lifted the pay cap for all in the public sector“, concluded Cllr Hunter

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  1. Bruce says:

    Hang on a minute? Wasn’t Mark Hunter in government a couple of years ago? Why didn’t he do something about it then.

  2. Roy says:

    The pay cap should only be removed for employees earning less than £45,000.

    • John Hartley says:

      An arbitrary figure, Roy. And one which ignores the recruitment and retention problems for many posts in the public sector which require high levels of qualification and experience (with salaries to match).

      For example, you can easily see a situation where a fire service station manager would decide it’s not worth the hassle of gaining a promotion to area commander, that would put her/him above your limit. Similar would apply in nursing. Let alone the high qualification jobs, like architects and accountants, where a local authority is in direct competition for staff with the private sector. Pay peanuts, get monkeys.

  3. Iain says:

    Bruce – different policies are right at different times. Surely no one would seriously suggest otherwise?

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