Tag: public sector pay

“Lies, damned lies, and statistics on NHS pay”

To be frank, I don’t have a strong view on what nurses should be paid, though I probably wouldn't begrudge them a bigger increase than 1%. Instead, this blog seeks to draw attention to some of the pitfalls in how others are presenting their case. For a start, it seems odd to make up your … Continue reading “Lies, damned lies, and statistics on NHS pay”

Sunak breaks the fundamental rule: ‘first, do no harm’

I’m only just coming to terms with how cross I am about the Chancellor’s speech today. This should have been a relatively uneventful one-year Spending Review, setting departmental limits for 2021-22, and summarising the latest economic and fiscal forecasts from the OBR. But, in my opinion, Rishi Sunak made two big mistakes. First, he got … Continue reading Sunak breaks the fundamental rule: ‘first, do no harm’

Should public sector wages be frozen to help pay for Covid?

The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) often publishes short blogs where two people debate a topical question, in this case: should public sector wages be frozen to help pay for Covid? Andy Mayer argued in favour, I was against. (You can read the original version here, and a lot more on the IEA website, including these … Continue reading Should public sector wages be frozen to help pay for Covid?