LONDON — The Conservative government has officially lifted the 1% cap on pay rises for police and prison officers, it was confirmed today.
Prime Minister Theresa May has decided to lift the cap to 1.7% for prison officers from 2017/18 and to 2% for police for only the years 2017/18.
The decision to scrap the 1% cap on police and prison officer pay rises was agreed in a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday morning, a spokesperson for Number 10 Downing Street told Business Insider.
The spokesperson said: “The government recognised in some parts of the public sector more flexibility may be required.”
They added: “The government takes a balanced approach to public spending dealing with outlet debts while also investing in our public service,” adding the decision recognises the vital contribution our public service workers make… while also being affordable.”
Public sector pay was frozen for two years by the Conservative government led by David Cameron in 2010, and since 2013 rises have been capped at 1%. The increased caps are still below the current rate of inflation which was announced today as 2.9%.
Today’s decision this could be used as a precedent for other public sector workers such as nurses and teachers to see their pay rise in real-terms.
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