MPs to vote on lifting of public sector pay cap

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MPs to vote on lifting of public sector pay cap

The government is to scrap its pay cap for prison and police officers "immediately", a spokesman has confirmed.

The British government will soften its seven-year grip on public-sector pay with police and prison officers set to get increases above a 1 percent cap, media reported.

"They need to offer a real pay rise across the (public) sector, no cherry picking", she said.

Public-sector pay was frozen for all but the lowest earners in 2010 and increases were limited to of 1 percent a year from 2013.

Labour's shadow police minister Louise Haigh said that the move was long overdue: "We hope that ministers will finally listen to us and agree a fully funded and fair pay settlement for police officers this week but they must not simply put the financial burden on already stretched police budgets".

The pay rises are based on recommendations from the respective pay review bodies.

Police account for around 5 percent of the 5.1 million public sector workers in Britain and prison staff represent a smaller group. "We know that frontline workers, so-called, depend on the whole team so we want a pay rise across the board", said Frances O'Grady of the TUC on Monday morning's edition of the BBC's Today programme.

The spokesman said the Prime Minister recognised the "vital contribution" made by public sector workers to ensure the delivery of "world class public services". Pay shouldn't be a popularity contest.

The vote was set for 13 September.

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