Pay Up Now! – Scrap the pay cap and give public servants a meaningful pay rise

Every single person who works in public services needs and deserve a pay rise. It’s time for the pay cap to be scrapped, for the government to provide additional funding for public sector pay and for employers to put public sector workers pay up now.

149,138 Signatures

Status: Closed
Created: 12 Sep 2017, 12:32 p.m.
Daily signature rate : 821
Closed: 12 Mar 2018, 11:59 p.m.

For more than seven years, everyone who works in public services has seen their pay decline, thanks to the public sector pay cap. Inflation is currently at 2.9%, meaning that the cap is a significant annual pay cut for those public service champions – nurses, care workers, teaching assistants, social workers and so many others - who work for all of us. Public sector pay has risen by just 4.4% between 2010 and 2016 while the cost of living rose by 22%.

Government Response

Public sector workers deserve to have fulfilling jobs that are fairly rewarded. On 12 September we announced a move away from the 1% public sector pay policy, towards a more flexible approach on pay.

We still need to deal with our country’s debts to ensure we have a strong economy to enable us to invest in our public services. This means that we will continue to take a balanced approach to public spending.

The Government will consider each specific workforce to ensure pay is set so that we can continue to both attract and hold on to the excellent staff that support our world-leading public services.

Before we make final decisions on pay awards, we will seek the views of the eight independent Pay Review Bodies, which will consider the evidence on how we ensure we attract and retain the very best people within our public services, like giving people more flexibility over their working hours.

They will report in Spring 2018, at which point we will consider their recommendations and announce public sector pay awards for each of those workforces.

HM Treasury

Top 10 Constituency Signatories to the Petition

Constituency Signatures % of Total Signatures MP Party-Constituency
605 0.41% Peter Dowd Labour
592 0.40% Sir Alan Campbell Labour
559 0.38% Ian Mearns Labour
528 0.35% Kim Johnson Labour
Liverpool, Riverside
526 0.35% Mary Glindon Labour
North Tyneside
523 0.35% Ms Marie Rimmer Labour
St Helens South and Whiston
513 0.34% Sir George Howarth Labour
491 0.33% Martin Docherty-Hughes Scottish National Party
West Dunbartonshire
485 0.33% Dan Carden Labour
Liverpool, Walton
471 0.32% Tommy Sheppard Scottish National Party
Edinburgh East
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21,005 signatures - 14.0% of total

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MPs spoken contributions during 4 Dec 2017 petition debate

Labour 3667 words Peter Dowd (View contribution) 2229 words Dan Carden (View contribution) 1002 words 873 words
Plaid Cymru Ben Lake (View contribution) 74 words