Majority of Britons 'happy to pay more tax for emergency workers'

The majority of people are happy to see their taxes increase if it means an end to the 1% pay cap for certain public sector workers, research carried out exclusively for the Independent newspaper has revealed. 

BMG Research posed the question of whether people would pay higher taxes to fund increased pay in respect of "blue light" employees, which it defined as firefighters, police officers, paramedics and nurses. 56% said yes, compared with 28% who said no. The issue has been the subject of a major political debate, but there is no big split down lines of party allegiance: 57 per cent of Conservative voters supported paying more tax to fund the pay rises.

The debate has not just been between parties, with the cabinet split over the issue. Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Jeremy Hunt are among those who have called for a listing of the pay cap, something that has so far been resisted by Prime Minister Theresa May and Chancellor Jeremy Hunt.