Oct 25, 2021

Budget 2021: Public sector workers set for pay rise, says Sunak

At least 1.3m public sector workers are set to see their wages rise next year after the government confirmed their pay freeze is being lifted. The public sector pay freeze was part of the government's response to what it described as the "Economic emergency" caused by Covid, with only the lowest-paid excluded. Ministers will be "Running a full pay round and the awards will be announced next year once government responds to the pay review bodies' recommendations", the Treasury added. Its general secretary Christina McAnea said while there was "Never a good time to freeze public sector pay", to do so "At the peak of a pandemic was the height of folly" while "Staff were doing their all to keep under-pressure services running". Shadow chief secretary to the Treasury Bridget Phillipson said: "This Conservative government's choice last year to freeze pay for so many frontline workers, who have been among the real heroes of the pandemic, was damaging and unsustainable."The government must work to ensure a fair settlement and reflect the vital work of all key workers including many who have been burnt out over the course of the pandemic.

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