Issue date
12 Sep 2017
The government has today (Tuesday) announced a below-inflation pay increase for prison and police officers.

The government has today (Tuesday) announced a below-inflation pay increase for prison and police officers.

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“This below-inflation pay offer is pathetic. This isn't a pay rise, it's a pay cut.

“Public sector workers have suffered seven long years of real pay cuts, and are thousands of pounds worse off. Today’s announcement means bills will continue to rise faster than their wages.

“If Ministers think a derisory rise like this will deal with the staffing crisis in our public services, they are sorely mistaken.

"The government needs to identify where this money is coming from. It can't be loaded on to our already-stretched public services."

Editors note

- CPI inflation figures announced today showed a rise of 2.9% in prices. The government is offering 2% (including 1% non-consolidated) to police officers, and 1.7% to prison officers, each starting in September 2017.
- Previously unpublished results from a recent poll commissioned by the TUC found that 1 in 7 have skipped meals to make ends meet, and nearly a quarter say they couldn’t pay an unexpected bill. (3,287 respondents working adults in Britain, and just over 700 were public sector workers).

Public sector workers (%)

Skipping meals

15

Worried about expenses

50

Think expenses getting worse

39

Left heating off

21

Pawned something

21

Unexpected £500 bill – can’t pay

24

Unexpected £500 bill – could pay, but requires debt

23

Source: GQR Research


- TUC research earlier this year showed how much public sector wages would be down in real terms if the pay cap continued until 2020.

Occupation

Pay in 2015/16

Pay in 2020/21
at RPI in 2016 prices

Real pay cut
in 2016 prices

Social worker

£37,858

£34,325

-£3,533

Midwife

£35,255

£31,937

-£3,288

Teacher

£32,831

£29,767

-£3,064

Fire fighter

£29,638

£26,827

-£2,766

Nurse

£28,462

£25,806

-£2,656

UK Border Agency officer

£27,000

£24,480

-£2,520

Jobcentre Plus supervisor

£24,727

£22,419

-£2,308

Ambulance driver

£19,655

£17,821

-£1,834

 More info: www.tuc.org.uk/news/nurses-teachers-and-firefighters-facing-falls-thousands-real-pay-end-decade