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Responding to the 5-7 per cent public sector pay offer, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:
"With taxes at a 70 year high and the public finances flashing red, it's encouraging that the government has found ways to pay for a big public sector pay hike without dipping further into taxpayers' pockets.
“Workers in the private sector pay the bills for the public sector, so they'll be keeping a keen eye on the efficiency drive to ensure it is more than just smoke and mirrors.
"That said, taxpayers will be all too aware that the bill for public sector pensions continues to stack up, putting pressure on future generations of taxpayers.
“Alongside a genuine war on waste, ministers should look at plans to make public sector pay and pensions more sustainable in the long run."
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Founded in 2004 by Matthew Elliott and Andrew Allum, the TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) campaigns to reform taxes and public services, cut waste and speak up for British taxpayers. Find out more at www.taxpayersalliance.com.
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