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Scotland Sturgeon to end public sector pay gap
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Scotland: Sturgeon to end public sector pay gap


The 1% cap on public sector pay rises in Scotland will be abolished in 2018, the first minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed.

Government within Scotland has predominantly adhered to a UK-wide 1% limit on pay rises, of which was introduced in 2013 following a two-year freeze.

Sturgeon said that “nurses, teachers, police officers and firefighters deserve a fairer deal for the future”. She added that any rises would need to be affordable.

The first minister told MSPs that it was time for the Scottish government to “refocus” and “refresh” following a decade in power.

As Sturgeon outlined her government’s plans for the next year, she added that future pay rises would be based upon the cost of living.

The pay cap had resulted in complaints from public sector workers reporting that they had seen a significant drop in their earnings in recent years.

In further pledges she added that she would improve the country’s education system.

Sturgeon also committed Scotland to phase out petrol and diesel vehicles by 2032 – eight years ahead of the UK target – alongside plans for a Scottish National Investment Bank which would  deliver long term financial support for innovative industries.

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