Lib Dem Three Rivers District Council passed the following motion at their full council meeting on Tuesday 12 July:
“Council believes that the continuation of the public sector pay cap is having an unreasonable effect on the living standards of many public sector staff, and is also affecting recruitment and retention across the sector.
“Council therefore asks the Chief Executive to write to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to request that the cap is lifted to allow the implementation of the recommendations of Pay Review Bodies and negotiations with employers, and subsequent pay increases fully funded via central government settlement.”
The Lib Dem and Labour groups were all present and all voted in favour. The Conservatives were three short and split three ways.
On the pay cap generally, Lib Dems nationally have said that the 1% cap should be lifted to allow for inflation-linked increases.