Budget 2013: Triple whammy for public sector workers

PUBLISHED: 09:13 21 March 2013 | UPDATED: 09:14 21 March 2013

Norfolk County Council workers are among those who will be affected by the chancellor's changes to pensions and wages.

Norfolk County Council workers are among those who will be affected by the chancellor's changes to pensions and wages.


The chancellor was accused of forcing millions of families into another year of “severely squeezed incomes” after he announced a further cap on public sector pay.

The budget contained a triple whammy for public sector workers, such as NHS staff, council workers, teachers and civil servants, affecting their wages and pensions.

The chancellor announced wage rises have been limited to an average of up to 1pc in 2015/16, pay progression is set to be reformed and employees will have to pay a greater amount of national insurance than at current levels into their pension pots.

He also announced plans to seek “significant” savings through reforming the system of annual rises through pay progression in the public sector, which he said was difficult to justify given millions of workers had seen their wages frozen or cut.”

That infuriated unions, with TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady accusing the chancellor of being “oblivious” to the tough time public sector workers are enduring or “deliberately setting out to punish them.”

Harry Humphrey, cabinet member for finance and performance at Norfolk County Council, said bosses were looking at the impacts of the changes on their staff.

Mr Humphrey said: “The chancellor has brought forward the timetable for a number of key policies, with both single tier pensions and the social care spending cap brought forward to 2016.

“These will have an impact on the county council and we will need to factor these into our forward planning.”

County council salaries increase through increments, so the authority is looking at how the progression pay reform will affect workers.

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  • You may have a point "V", unfortunately the 'ring-fenced' NHS has seen some 6000 nurse and health vistor jobs put to the sword by the ConDems' reforms. Meanwhile there's plenty of money to pour into quangos. Not the old quangos the tories didn't like and were quick to scrap, but their new ones like the LEPs. Must keep their favourite cronies in highly-paid work. The rest of us can chase all the exciting new part-time minimum wage 'jobs' in the private sector, created on the back of government handouts.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Thursday, March 21, 2013

  • If the civil servants dont like it, they can always get a job in the private sector (assuming anyone will employ them that is)

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    Thursday, March 21, 2013

  • It's good to know the chancellor acknowledges the hard work of public sector employees... I'm a nurse with over 20 years experience. The average UK salary is now £30,000, up to £39,000 for someone with my amount of experience yet as a nurse in the NHS I get just £25,000.

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    Friday, March 22, 2013

  • As long as cllr.s and MP's can give themselves pay rises, the latter are discussing some 20% extra, all seems to be well and dandy. Whether our public servants, some now in their fourth year of pay freeze, will scream in delight and double up their morale and efforts after the next round of cuts, is questionable.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, March 21, 2013

  • I mean the councils and council jobsworths, civil servants etc, not Fire, Ambulance, NHS, who do a marvellous job, but I do include teachers, so called child services, social workers, even the police who love to hound and persecute motorists, etc.

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    Thursday, March 21, 2013

  • County Hall a Cathedral of administration !

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    Albert Cooper

    Friday, March 22, 2013

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