To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of the level of public sector pay on (a) child, (b) fuel, (c) food and (d) other forms of poverty in the next three years.
29 November 2022
The Government recognises that public sector workers play a vital role in the running of our economy, and in delivering our world-class public services.
Pay for most frontline workforces – including nurses, teachers, armed forces, and police officers – is set through an independent Pay Review Body process. The Pay Review Bodies consider a range of standard evidence and other special considerations when forming their recommendations.
The Government has accepted the pay recommendations of the independent Pay Review Bodies for the NHS, teachers, police, and the armed forces for 2022/23. These are the highest uplifts in nearly twenty years, reflecting the vital contributions public sector workers make to our country and the cost-of-living pressures facing households. For 23/24 the government has decided to let the process run as normal and will be seeking recommendations from PRB’s. The government will carefully consider these recommendations and in due course public sector workers will see fair and affordable pay rises across the next financial year (2023-24).
Pay awards strike a careful balance between recognising the vital importance of public sector workers, whilst delivering value for the taxpayer and not increasing the country’s debt further. The government will continue to ensure all pay awards are fair and non-discriminatory.