Thank you for contacting me about the Civil Service pay guidance.
I appreciate the hard work civil servants have undertaken in recent years to deliver more for less, which has made a significant contribution to consolidate Britain's finances. The public sector pay cap was never intended to be a permanent or long-term solution, and I am pleased that it is no longer a requirement that public sector pay rises be limited to one per cent if Departments are able to find efficiency savings.
You are correct that, in 2018 to 2019, Departments will be able to make average pay awards within the new range of one to one and a half per cent. I would like to assure you that this is not a cap and individuals may receive a higher or lower award than this. As each workforce is different, departments will now be able to determine pay awards for their workforces according to their needs and resources. I recognise the need to meet rising demand for the great services that public sector workers offer and I am pleased departments can offer higher pay awards where this can be afforded.
All civil servants deserve to be rewarded for they work they do, so that the public sector can continue to attract the brightest and best. Though I appreciate that difficult decisions were made on pay restraints, the pay cap, which formed part of the Government's important long-term economic plan, helped to get this country's finances back under control at a time when the UK had the largest deficit in peacetime history. Private sector workers, it should be added, were more adversely affected over the whole decade after the economic crisis.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.
With best wishes.