Today’s gesture to cut back top civil service awards to just 1.5% will make practically no difference to the problem of controlling costs in the public sector, whilst annoying senior civil servants.
I would think it fair if MPs had no pay rise this month, as long as pay rises were cancelled for anyone in the public sector earning more than £50,000. That would make a bit more of an impact, and give all public sector leaders and managers some moral authority to start reducing costs and improving efficiencies throughout their empires.
Sometime the government has to show it understands the magnitude of the public borrowing crisis it is bringing on us. Saying no pay rise to all the better paid in the public sector would be a relatively painless way of starting to wake up to the reality. It should be followed up by reviewng all public sector jobs paying more than £100,000 a year to ask are they needed and do they need to offer such high rewards? Why not link any bonus payments to clear targets for cost reduction and quality improvement in each command, so we get something for all the extra money we are paying these people? If they want to be called Chief Executive they should at least be prepared to take some tough decisions to get costs down, as the private sector is having to do on a massive scale at the moment.