Theresa May gives in and scraps the public sector pay cap

UK relaxes grip on public sector pay, agrees to lift 1 pct cap

Pay thaw! Theresa May lifts 1% public sector cap

Reality Check verdict: That's right, but it is not representative of police officers as a whole.

Police officers will be given a pay award worth a total of 2% to each officer in 2017 and 2018.

Asked why police were getting extra pay this year if they had already got a 32% rise, the spokesman replied: "The PM has said on any number of occasions how much she values the contribution of public sector workers".

A major union has argued that the change will be hard to pay for without new government funding.

A motion was passed at the TUC annual conference calling for "immediate steps to develop a coordinated strategy of opposition to the pay cap ... including ... pay demands, campaign activities, tactics, ballots and industrial action".

Elizabeth Truss, chief secretary to the Treasury, 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".

"The government stating that police officers have had a 32% pay rise since 2010 is a joke - and is in fact a downright lie", he said.

But Mr Morgan has concerns about how the pay rises will be funded. We asked for 2.8% and provided compelling evidence to support this, which on first review appears to be reflected in the recommendations made by the [PRRB] to the government.

Now, 32% over seven years is 4% a year, which sounds high.

But Labour said a constable or sergeant had lost £6,100 in real-terms since the start of the decade, because of a pay freeze, followed by the one per cent cap.

Tuesday's new inflation rate of 2.9 percent shows the offers to the police and prison officers as being a cut rather than an increase. This means wages have actually gone down in real terms.

'If ministers think a derisory rise like this will deal with the staffing crisis in our public services, they are sorely mistaken, ' she said.

On the Huffington Post, Paul Waugh writes: "The PM's spokesman told us the Cabinet recognised the need for "more flexibility", but you can't pay the bills with flexibility".

Unison general secretary Dave Prentis told delegates at the TUC annual conference in Brighton: "Be in no doubt, this Government can not be trusted".

HuffPost UK revealed yesterday that May had chose to ditch the pay cap after coming under pressure from the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). "With inflation on the rise, the cap must go for everyone and it must go now".

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