'The unions are right to say that the myth of the tea swilling town hall bureaucrat with a cushy well-paid job for life is dead. They are wrong however to way that local government pay has fallen behind.
'Pay settlements have more than maintained purchasing power by keeping up with price increases. For local government groups generally there has been no change in their place in the average earnings league in recent years.
'Regardless of comparisons, local government staff have had the best rises local government can afford. Higher rises would have led to even more jobs being lost than has been the case.