Police and prison officers' pay cap to be lifted, No 10 says

Police will get pay rise as public sector pay cap is lifted

Drinks on them

The Government announced prison officers would get a 1.7 per cent rise, while police will get a one per cent pay rise - plus a one per cent bonus for the year.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Elizabeth Truss said: "Our talented and hardworking public-sector workers deserve to have fulfilling jobs that are fairly rewarded and I am pleased to confirm the pay awards for police and prison officers for 2017/18".

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable said he was glad that the Government had recognised that the pay cap was no longer sustainable and urged ministers to ensure all public sector workers "are given the pay rise they deserve".

"The idea that robbing Peter to pay Paul, raiding already stretched departmental budgets, will solve this problem shows Theresa May is living in a fantasy land, far removed from public opinion".

News reports published late on Sunday said ministers were expected to accept recommendations for bigger pay rises this week, paving the way for similar increases for other government employees in future. Earlier this morning the shadow Justice secretary Richard Burgon repeatedly refused to rule out supporting illegal strike action.

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Four unions tabled motions to this week's Trades Union Congress in Brighton calling for some kind of nationally coordinated action, which were then included in a composite motion.

She told BBC Radio 4's The World at One review bodies and departments were being given greater leeway to use pay to address "pinch points" within public sector staffing.

The announcement of the settlements for England and Wales from the government came on the day United Kingdom inflation rose to 2.9%.

He said: "Police officers do not join the service to make huge amounts of money, they do it out of a sense of duty and this year in particular have been tested to the max".

"We were very happy with the 2.8 per cent rise we had asked for".

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This was rejected by Policing Minister Nick Hurd, who said the offer was affordable to forces.

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady described the below-inflation offers as "pathetic" and Unison said that although it was a "tiny step in the right direction" it was "not almost enough". Today's announcement means bills will continue to rise faster than their wages. At the weekend we were led to believe the pay cap was a thing of the past.

He said: "A pay cut is a pay cut".

Unison said it was a "tiny step in the right direction but not almost enough".

But the PM's official spokesman confirmed the Sun's revelations from a fortnight ago, that there will soon be higher pay deals for nurses, teachers and other workers in 2018-2019.

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