This article reflects the fact that whilst it is nearly universally accepted that the public sector needs a pay rise after the long austerity programme, precisely how its going to be paid for still seems somewhat opaque.
To my way of thinking, if Government thinks that public sector workers deserve a 2% pay rise then it seems obvious that Government fund such a rise. If they didn't think it should happen then it shouldn't be announced. Councils should not be expected to fund this out of efficiencies or worse reserves. Hopefully this will happen but if it doesn't it puts another major burden on the hard pressed 18/19 and 19/20 budgets..
Labour leaders urge chancellor to fund proposed pay rise 6 December, 2017 By David Paine Comment More than 90 Labour council leaders have written to the chancellor demanding that he fully funds the proposed pay rise for the majority of council staff. LGC reported yesterday how National Employers, who negotiate pay on behalf of the majority of councils in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, made an offer of increasing pay by 2% next year and by a further 2% in 2019-20. It also includes the introduction of a new national pay spine on 1 April 2019.