George Osborne has just fired the first shot in the fight over the 2012 Budget. His decision to introduce local pay for the 160,000 civil servants coming off the public sector pay freeze is, as is often the case with Chancellor Osborne, both an economic and a political move. The economic case for local pay is straightforward. National pay rates mean that public sector workers are relatively underpaid in prosperous areas of the country and relatively overpaid in deprived areas.
As top public sector pay packages are published, worth recalling what the now Chancellor, George Osborne had to say on the subject at the last Conservative conference. "In the current climate, anyone who wishes to pay a public serva... Read Post
Ed Balls, so used to dodging elephant traps laid by George Osborne, is going to lay a few of his own tomorrow when he gives his speech to the Labour… Continue reading The post Ed Balls to freeze child benefit and dock ministerial pa... Read Post