Public pay price
Public service professionals are suffering the consequences of political mismanagement ("Fury as Chancellor pegs pay rise" and "Early years funding upheaval put back a year", December 11). With cuts to training and university funding, a "cap" on pay and higher pension contributions, hard-working public-sector professionals are paying the price for bankers' greed and politicians' incompetence. It is morally wrong to do this while pouring public money into banks that contributed to the current economic crisis.
The plans to introduce a single funding formula for nurseries were rushed, leaving many childcare professionals uncertain about the future. The Government needs to sit down with the public and private sectors and sort this out. But as it becomes pre-occupied with electioneering, it will become less concerned with fulfilling promises and we will see more delays to issues that can be conveniently put aside until after the election.
Philip Parkin, General secretary, Voice, Derby.