14 October 2021

Spending review: how does the costs crisis hit you?

As many PCS members are facing a quadruple costs crisis of cuts in pay, pensions and Universal Credit combined with the soaring cost of living, we want you tell us and your MP how you are being affected.

On 27 October, the government announces its comprehensive spending review, which will determine departmental budgets for the next few years. It will signal whether the country is to suffer further years of austerity and under-investment in our essential public services and public sector pay, or whether the government will deliver on prime minister Boris Johnson’s commitment to build back better and fairer.

We want you to tell us and your MP how you are affected by:

Email editor@pcs.org.uk and lobby your MP on these issues to tell them the harsh reality of living through the costs crisis and explain why you deserve a pay rise. And please tell us what your member of parliament says in reply.

PCS members will have an average real-terms pay cut of at least 5.25% in the coming year. This breaks down as a 2% pension overpayment, 1.25% National Insurance increase and 2% inflation. We are campaigning for a 10% cost of living pay rise, to seriously recognise the role played by our members throughout this pandemic.