Budget excludes public servants from benefits of economic recovery, says FDA

           

8 July 2015
(For immediate release)

Commenting on today's Budget, FDA General Secretary Dave Penman said:

"By restricting public sector pay rises to 1% for a further four years, the Chancellor is excluding public servants from the benefits of the economic recovery he spent so much time lauding this afternoon.

"Public servants are being asked to deliver a further £13bn of spending cuts, yet many of them will be taking home less pay than they did in 2010. A further four years of pay restraint will do nothing to help recruit, reward and motivate the greatest asset the Government has: the people who deliver public services.

"The Chancellor said today that 'Britain deserves a pay rise and Britain is getting a pay rise.' Unless, of course, you're a public servant."

 

Notes for editors

1. More about the FDA's 'New Government: New Deal' campaign can be found at www.fda.org.uk/New-Government-New-Deal

2. 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, prosecutors, diplomats, tax professionals, economists, solicitors and other professionals working across Government and the NHS.

3. The FDA (formerly the First Division Association) should be referred to simply as "The FDA" and can be described as "the senior public servants' union". 

4. The FDA can be found on Twitter @FDA_union and at www.fda.org.uk.

5. For further information contact:

  • Dave Penman, General Secretary, tel: 020 7401 5555 or 07967 503827.
  • Katie Lazell, Communications Officer, tel: 020 7401 5555 or 07939 257985.