The police and prison officer pay rises will be financed by their departments, prompting a warning that for the police this could threaten services because of the extra strain on resources. The Police Federation boss explained: "When comparing total pay in 2015/2016 to what it was in 2009/2010 it has increased in nominal terms by +2%, but decreased by -16% in real terms".
The government's "vague signal" would not reassure nurses after real-terms wage cuts of 14 per cent since 2010, she said.
The Home Office said police forces were sitting on £1.8bn of reserves and that police pensions are topped up by 21 per cent of their pay - among the best pensions available in the country. This can not be right.
Storm Aileen set to batter Britain with 75mph gales and downpoursPrison officers will get a 1.7% rise - though there hasn't been an indication of what other public sector workers can expect.
A 1.7 per cent rise for prison officers and a package worth two per cent for police was announced yesterday.
George Osborne introduced the 1 per cent cap on public sector pay rises in 2010 when he was chancellor as part of the Cameron government's austerity drive.
The Police Federation said the prime minister was "losing touch with reality", claiming pay had in fact fallen 16% in real terms since 2010, when inflation is taken into account. How can they abide by their independent pay bodies which recommended an 11% pay rise for MPs but fail to abide by ours, which recommended a 2% consolidated?
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It also recommended that chief officers should be awarded local flexibility in the 2017-2018 pay year in order to make additional payments to police officers working in hard to fill roles or in superintending ranks.
And DUP MPs signalled to ministers that they were going to back a Labour motion on Wednesday, which urged May to "end the public sector pay cap in the NHS".
Penman also added that with no additional funding, this change will simply heap further pressure on already overstretched departments to make more cuts.
The government froze pay for public sector staff for two years from 2011, and subsequently imposed a 1% pay cap until 2015-2016.
Earlier this month, The Sun revealed Mrs May had agreed to end the pay cap to try to reconnect with voters after her election humiliation.
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady called the first increases pathetic, while POA General Secretary Steve Gillan said: "Inflation is running at 2.9 per cent".
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