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Finance Secretary urges UK Government to end public sector pay cap.
Public sector workers across the UK should benefit from an end to the existing 1% public sector pay cap, according to Finance Secretary Derek Mackay.
Following the launch of Programme for Government earlier this week, the Scottish Government confirmed that from next year, public sector pay in Scotland will no longer be restricted by the 1% pay cap.
In a meeting with Chief Secretary to the Treasury Elizabeth Truss, Mr Mackay urged Ms Truss to ensure the UK Government follows the Scottish Government’s lead in securing affordable pay rises for public sector workers, which takes account of the cost of living, including those public sector workers employed by the UK Government in Scotland.
Following the meeting, Finance Secretary Derek Mackay said:
“We have been very clear that public sector workers, both in Scotland and across the UK deserve a fairer deal for the future and that is why the First Minister indicated earlier this week that we will look to deliver a pay policy that is both affordable and recognises the real life circumstances of our public servants.
“In the face of the UK Government’s continued budget cuts, we remain committed to a distinctive pay policy, which is fair, supports those on the lowest incomes, and delivers value for money for the people of Scotland.
“I would urge the UK Government to use the Autumn Budget to change their course on austerity by properly investing in vital public services and to follow our lead by lifting the 1% public sector pay cap.”