Public sector pay cap to be lifted

Image copyright PA Image caption Rank and document police officers will get a 1% bonus on top of a rise in their spend

The cap on public sphere pay rises in England and Wales is to be lifted.

Ministers will now get “flexibility” to transgress the longstanding 1% limit.

The announcement came as the government said police officer would get a 1% rise plus a 1% bonus, with confinement detectives coming a 1.7% rise – both funded from existing budgets.

Unions reacted angrily to the remunerate accolades, labelling them a real-terms cut, and the Prison Officers Association peril industrial action.

There was also a threat from police chiefs that making forces pay for the increase themselves would employ “financial pressure on previously unfolded budgets”.