Government ‘prioritises politics over evidence’ in rejecting review body recommendations, says FDA

14 March 2013
(For immediate release)  

Commenting on the Government’s response to the Senior Salary Review Body’s (SSRB’s) recommendations, FDA general secretary Dave Penman said:

“Senior civil servants will welcome the analysis and recommendations from the independent SSRB, but will be dismayed by the response from the Government who have once again prioritised politics over evidence in rejecting the review body’s key recommendations.

“The SSRB carefully reviewed the challenges being faced in recruiting, retaining and motivating staff and concluded that more needed to be done in terms of current pay levels and longer-term pay reform.  Instead of recognising the need to address these concerns, the Government has once again used senior civil servants as the means of demonstrating sacrifice and restraint.

“As the report makes clear, the failure to take account of the disparity between pay levels in the senior civil service and the wider labour market undermines the civil service’s ability to recruit and retain suitably qualified people, and risks exposing the civil service to costly equal pay claims.”

Notes for editors

1.    The FDA is the trade union for the UK's senior public servants and professionals. FDA membership includes more than 19,000 senior civil servants, government policy advisors, diplomats, tax professionals, economists, solicitors, prosecutors and other professionals work across government and the NHS.

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

3.    For further information contact:

  • Dave Penman, FDA general secretary, tel: 020 7401 5555 or 07967 503827.
  • Kay Hender, communications officer, tel: 020 7401 5589 or 07980 700747.