And paying staff more is part of that necessary spending. Public sector employees have done very badly over the last decade and have seen their real pay fall significantly. You cannot supply decent public services on the back of underpaid and demotivated staff directed by politicians who continually tell them they are not worth what they’re paid when the public very clearly disagrees with that view.
Has public sector pay fallen – if it has ta all – by more or less than private sector pay over this past decade? Actually, by less. So, why should they get that more then?