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Pay rise for Public Service workers!

Sep 12, 2017 | General| DGHE News| Articles| Public and Emergency Services

The government has announced pay rises for police and prison officers. Take advantage of the 2 years HND course in Public Services at David Game Higher Education and start your career sooner. Students Loans available.


Prison officers will get a 1.7% rise while police will get a 1% pay rise plus a 1% bonus for the year, paid for from existing departmental budgets.

No 10 also signalled the end of the 1% pay cap, saying they recognised the need for more flexibility in future.

But the TUC said the pay rises being offered were "derisory" and would not address staff shortages.

The unions affected by the announcement also reacted angrily.

Steve Gillan, the general secretary of the Prison Officers Association, said it represented a real-terms pay cut and said he would be seeking coordinated industrial action alongside other trade unions.

Steve White, chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said the announcement would leave many officers "angry and deflated".

"We were not greedy in what we asked for," Mr White added. "Officers have been taking home about 15% less than they were seven years ago."

The federation had asked for a 2.8% increase to basic pay, while the Prison Officer's Association had called for a 5% increase.

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

The BBC's assistant political editor Norman Smith said pay restraint had been the "backbone" of the Conservatives' austerity agenda since 2010 and Tuesday's move was symbolically very significant.

But he said the size of the increase, and how it would be paid for, was likely to be highly controversial.



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