The Government has confirmed that public sector pay rises will be limited to 1%, despite the inflation rate rising to 2.3% this month. The limit will apply to most public sector workers, including those working in the military and the NHS.
David Gauke, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said:
“It is always important to recognise the amazing work undertaken every day by our armed forces, doctors and dentists and NHS staff. The settlement for these key workforces protects jobs and helps repair the public finances. The OBR has forecast that the current pay policy will protect approximately 200,000 jobs across the UK. I am pleased that we are able to accept the recommendations of the independent pay review bodies, and I thank them for their work”.
Dave Prentis, the General Secretary of the Unison trade union, said:
“The pay of top judges and MPs has already breached the Government’s 1% limit. It’s high time ministers stopped penalising NHS employees and gave them a decent pay rise”.