Last week the Liberal Democrats made a clear commitment for public sector workers that pay restraint must end. Liberal Democrats will guarantee public sector pay increases by at least the rate of inflation.
Nick Clegg said after five years of pay restraint, public sector workers deserved to see light at the end of the tunnel and feel the benefits of the economic recovery.
It is why the Liberal Democrats will ensure employees in the public sector are no longer subject to real term cuts in their pay from the first full year of the next parliament.
To do this, we will issue guidance to public sector pay review bodies to ensure pay increases at least in line with inflation in 2016/17 and 2017/18.
After that, we will make sure pay review bodies deliver an above inflation increase in public sector pay.
This means a minimum pay rise of:
* £350 for a nurse on £25,000
* £420 for a police officer on £30,000
* And nearly £500 for a teacher on £35,000 over the next two years.
Our balanced approach to the economy, tackling the deficit but doing it fairly, means the Liberal Democrats are the only party that can make this commitment.
The Tories ideological cuts to public spending and Labour's failure to tackle the deficit mean both parties will have to make further cuts to real terms pay.
Public sector pay restraint, which was brought in to get the nation's finances back on track, contributed over £12bn to the job of deficit reduction in this parliament.
Workers across the public sector have made enough sacrifices, especially those working in the NHS and for our local councils at Three Rivers and Watford.
I am pleased that both Lib Dem run councils, unlike the Tory County Council, have adopted the living wage for its lowest paid workers.
I believe it is time to end the era of pay restraint, with pay freezes or below inflation pay rises.
Liberal Democrats can do this as a result of our influence in government, which has helped turn our failing economy around.