Public sector pay will be "restrained" in next Parliament, says Osborne

The government will continue to restrain public sector pay in the next Parliament, George Osborne announced in his Autumn Statement today. 

By Sarah.Aston

03 Dec 2014

“By continuing to restrain public sector pay we expect to deliver commensurate savings in the next Parliament until we have dealt with the deficit,” the chancellor of the exchequer announced.

“Our control of public sector pay these past four years has delivered £12bn of savings.

“Continuing to reduce departmental spending in the first two years of the next Parliament would mean at least £15bn off Whitehall budgets.”

Back in October, civil servants went on strike, led by the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), over capped pay rises and low wages.

In response to the Statement, PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: "The legacy of this government's obsession with austerity is a broken economy where low pay and insecure work are rife, meaning we have economic growth but falling living standards and rising employment but falling tax revenues.”

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