UK Public sector staff to lose auto pay rise

The British chancellor announced today that annual incremental pay increases in the British civil service would be axed in 2015 and a fresh push to remove automatic pay rises for time served in NHS, prisons and police. The armed forces will be excluded from the changes.

He told MPs: “Progression pay can at best be described as antiquated; at worst, it’s deeply unfair to other parts of the public sector who don’t get it and to the private sector who have to pay for it.”

Mr Osborne also announced a cap on the total amount the government spends on welfare each year, including housing benefit, disability benefit, tax credits and pensioner benefits – but excluding the state pension.

While many public sectors will no doubt be horrified by this the reality is many have very cushy jobs and they do not deserve to have a better deal than private sector staff, especially when the likes of teachers seem to spend most of their time on holiday.

Tibetan monks to perform at Glastonbury

Tibetan monks who have been exclied from their homeland are to be given a slot to perform at this year’s Glastonbury festival in the United Kingdom.

They are currently on tour with the exiled spiritual leader, but will take a break from their schedule for their appearance in Green Fields at Glastonbury on June 27.

The event will mark the 100th anniversary of the Tibetan Declaration of Independence, and the monks will also build a symbolic picture of the universe out of coloured sand.

It is also believed that they have been given a record deal in the United States.