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Asked if those awards could be revisited, the spokesman said: 'No.'Pay awards for teachers are expected to be announced later this month, and come into effect from September.Policing minister Nick Hurd told the Commons that government wanted to ensure police were paid 'fairly', adding that 'how we do that is a matter of active discussion'.The infighting over austerity intensified yesterday as Mr Gove said higher state spending would not require higher taxes.Mr Johnson added his voice to the calls, with a source close to the Foreign Secretary telling Mail Online: 'The Foreign Secretary supports the idea of public sector workers getting a better pay deal and believes the pay review recommendations are right.'Hinting it could be done without raising taxes or making more cuts the source added: 'He also strongly believes the rises can be done in a responsible way and without causing fiscal pressures'.The Prime Minister's official spokesman said 1 per cent awards already confirmed for nurses, doctors, dentists and the armed forces this year will not be revisited.But ministers have revealed there are 'active discussions' about other parts of the public sector where salary review bodies have yet to report.Mr Cameron offered to tweet his approval of the arrangment, and the following day urged 'all Cons' to support it.But a Tory source close to Mr Cameron told The Times the ex-PM was 'baffled' by Mrs May's approach to him.'Of course David was polite and grown up and delighted to help,' they said.'But doesn't Theresa realise what this looks like.
He insisted people would be willing to pay a 'bit more tax' to fund pay rises.Yet the average conceals that some NHS workers have suffered still bigger real terms reductions in pay.The pay of ambulance staff is down £5,286 in real terms and for midwives it is £3,504 lower.That compares with a like-for-like figure of £29,132 in August 2010.Consumer price inflation has risen by 15 per cent over that period, translating into a real terms cut for these workers of £1,985 a year.