Autumn Statement ‘excludes public servants from benefits of their own success’, says FDA General Secretary

3 December 2014
For immediate release

Responding to the Chancellor's final Autumn Statement of this Parliament, FDA General Secretary Dave Penman said:

"The Chancellor made it clear that for hard-working public servants, the next Parliament will feel very much like this one: further cuts in departmental spending at the same pace and a continuation of pay restraint until at least 2018, if the deficit is indeed dealt with by then.

"The Chancellor responded to the cost of living crisis by predicting that 'meaningful wage growth' will pick up next year and grow above inflation for the next five years. Yet in the same speech he excludes millions of public sector workers from that prediction.

"At a time when pay levels for senior grades in the civil service are around half those of equivalent private sector roles, the Chancellor makes clear that those tasked with delivering further cuts in public spending to balance the economy are the very people being excluded from the benefits of that success."

Notes for editors

1. The FDA is the trade union for the UK's senior public servants and professionals. FDA membership includes more than 18,000 senior civil servants, Government policy advisors, diplomats, tax professionals, economists, solicitors, prosecutors and other professionals work across Government and the NHS.

2. The FDA can be described as "the senior public servants' union" and should be referred to simply as "the FDA".

3. The FDA can be found on Twitter @FDA_union and at

4. For further information contact:

· Dave Penman, General Secretary, tel: 020 7401 5555 or 07967 503827.

· Katie Lazell, Communications Officer, tel: 020 7401 5588 or 07939 257985.