You might have noticed that Chancellor Phillip Hammond has just forced Theresa May’s team to backtrack on a similar commitment. The Institute for Fiscal Studies has estimated that increasing public sector pay in line with inflation would cost £4.1 billion. Presumably that means the cost to Scotland will be less than £400 million per annum and that our team have worked out a way to pay for it. Here’s the statement from the Scottish Government:
‘The Programme for Government will make clear that the time has come to ditch the 1% pay cap for the public sector. The cap will go from next year and future pay policy will take account of the cost of living. We need to ensure that future pay rises are affordable, but we also need to reflect the circumstances people are facing, and recognise the contribution made by workers across the public sector.’
You’ll remember that Theresa found £1 billion to bribe the DUP and stay in government so there is presumably money that could be reallocated to this if only Tories believed in rewarding those less-well-off than themselves. Off course, they don’t.
Needless to say Scottish Labour are trying to claim credit for something they couldn’t have costed and the Scottish Tories want to change the subject as once more their London HQ is made to look unpleasant.