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Spending Chief Signals 'Squeeze' on Whitehall Pay

Magazine article Public Finance

Spending Chief Signals 'Squeeze' on Whitehall Pay

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There are 'inexplicable' differences in pay across the civil service that need to be examined as part of the government's deficit reduction programme, a senior Treasury figure has said.

Speaking at CIPFA's World Class Performance Symposium on April 3, Julian Kelly, the Treasurys director of public spending, said the country faced a 20-year period to repair the public finances and debt levels after the 2008 financial crisis. Departmental current spending would continue to be under pressure as a share of national income for the duration of the next parliament.

'The broad message is whichever party gets into government we're going to continue to see a squeeze,' he told the event, held in conjunction with the Government Finance Profession and the Treasury.

There was a need to get better at what Kelly called the 'basics' of spending control across government, such as pay.

'We have recently done some analysis across government of what we pay people,' he said. …

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