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Nicola Sturgeon is set ‘to scrap public sector pay cap’

Nicola Sturgeon is set to scrap the 1% cap on public sector pay rises when she sets out her legislative plans for the coming year.

Reports say the First Minister for Scotland will announce the measure, which will see the end to ongoing pay restraint in Scotland, on Tuesday when she sets out her legislative programme for the 2017/2018 year.

The Scottish National Party (SNP) committed to lifting the pay cap for public sector workers earlier this year – describing it as “increasingly unsustainable”.

A Scottish government source told the Sunday Herald;

“The Programme for Government will make clear that the time has come to ditch the 1% pay cap for the public sector.

“The cap will go from next year and future pay policy will take account of the cost of living.

“We need to ensure that future pay rises are affordable, but we also need to reflect the circumstances people are facing, and recognise the contribution made by workers across the public sector.”

In June an attempt by the Labour Party, under Jeremy Corbyn, to reverse the long-running freeze was defeated by Conservative and Democratic Unionist MPs including three former nurses.