This article reflects the fact that whilst it is nearly universally accepted that the public sector needs a pay rise after the long austerity programme, precisely how its going to be paid for still seems somewhat opaque.  

To my way of thinking, if Government thinks that public sector workers deserve a 2% pay rise then it seems obvious that Government fund such a rise.  If they didn't think it should happen then it shouldn't be announced. Councils should not be expected  to fund this out of efficiencies or worse reserves.  Hopefully this will happen but if it doesn't it puts another major burden on the hard pressed 18/19 and 19/20 budgets..