Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor Vince Cable commented:
“Public sector workers are facing a double blow at the hands of this Conservative government, with years of pitiful increases to pay combined with a Brexit squeeze caused by soaring inflation.
“Our NHS and schools are already struggling to recruit the staff they need.
"Living standards are falling, prices are rising and nurses are going to food banks – but Theresa May doesn’t care.
“A better future is available. We will stand up for our schools and hospitals and give hard-working nurses, teachers and police the pay rise they deserve.
"Within our carefully costed commitments, we believe government can and must lift the cap on public sector pay.”