Justice Update:Written statement - HCWS915

Ministry of Justice
Made on: 24 July 2018
Made by: Mr David Gauke (The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice (David Gauke))

Justice Update

I am today announcing pay rises for Prison Officers.

The Prison Service Pay Review Body has made its recommendation for the 2018-19 pay award and we are accepting the spirit of their recommendation.

Today’s pay award is worth 2.75% for all Prison Officers, of which 2% is consolidated and 0.75% in non-consolidated. Some staff on modernised Fair and Sustainable contracts will also receive performance related progression pay. The pay award is worth on average £1,220 for staff on Fair and Sustainable contracts.

The Government is committed to world class public services and ensuring that public sector workers are fairly paid for the vitally important work that they do. It is thanks to our balanced approach to public finances – getting debt falling as a share of our economy, while investing in our vital services and keeping taxes low - that we are today able to announce a fair and deserved pay rise for prison officers.

We ended the 1% average pay policy in September 2017, because we recognised more flexibility is now required to deliver world class public services including in return for improvements to public sector productivity.

We value the role of the independent Pay Review Bodies and thank them for their work in considering pay awards. In reaching a final position for 2018/19 public sector pay awards, we have balanced a need to recognise the value and dedication of our hard-working public servants whilst ensuring that our public services remain affordable in the long term, to contribute to our objective of reducing public sector debt. We have also sought to ensure that pay awards are fair and consistent across public sector workforces, reflect existing pay and benefit packages, in addition to recruitment and retention levels.

It is vital that we consider all pay awards in light of wider pressures on public spending. Public sector pay needs to be fair both for public sector workers and the taxpayer. Around a quarter of all public spending is spent on pay and we need to ensure that our public services remain affordable for the future.

It is also vital that our world class public services continue modernising to meet rising demand for the incredible services they provide, which improve our lives and keep us safe.

The report has been laid before Parliament today (Tuesday 24 July). I am grateful to the Chair and members of the PRB for their report.

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS888

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