Sue Robb of 4Children talks to Julie Laughton and Alison Britton from the Department for Education about the role of childminders in delivering the 30 hours free entitlement.
Police and prison officers to receive pay awards
The government has confirmed police and prison officers pay awards for 2017/18, revealing that police officers will receive a two per cent pay award from 1 September 2017.
On top of this, prison officers will receive a 1.7 per cent rise. However, the TUC said the pay rises being offered were ‘derisory’ and would not address staff shortages, while the Police Federation of England and Wales warned that the announcement will leave many officers ‘angry and deflated’. The federation had asked for a 2.8 per cent increase to basic pay, while the Prison Officer's Association had called for a five per cent increase.
Elizabeth Truss, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said: “Our talented and hardworking public sector workers deserve to have fulfilling jobs that are fairly rewarded and I am pleased to confirm the pay awards for police and prison officers for 2017/18. The government takes a balanced approach to public spending, dealing with our debts to keep our economy strong, while also making sure we invest in our public services.
“We will continue to ensure that the overall package for public sector workers recognises their vital contribution and ensures that we can deliver world class public services, while also being affordable and fair to taxpayers as a whole.”