Picture: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
Picture: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Public sector pay increases have been capped at 1 per cent for the last four years.

Meanwhile, MPs are set to be given their second pay rise in ten months, of nearly £1,000.

Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats has called on the Chancellor to give public sector workers a pay rise, calling the freeze a political decision:

Public sector workers have been denied a pay rise now for too long. It is time for the Government to thaw the cap on pay for our nurses and teachers.

When MPs are being given another pay rise it is indefensible for the Chancellor to continue to ignore the plight of our public sector workers.

I am calling on the chancellor to put the public ahead of politicians in next week’s budget and give Britain the pay rise it deserves.

Let's look at a few reasons why this might be a good idea, especially when compared to MPs' pay rises:

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