Thursday February 27, 2020

The public want their pay back – but can we afford it?

People surely deserve a pay rise, but the question is whether the government can afford to give them one

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer

@whytebarry
27th November, 2016

The people have spoken.

For almost all of 2016, anyone who had a view – not least this newspaper –have warned that there simply is not enough money in the public purse for public sector pay rises.

It was warned that to fund any public sector pay rises would immediately rule out any possible roll-back of the punitive austerity taxes, or any fresh investment in services, or any extra spending on key pieces of infrastructure.

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