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Coronavirus: Above-inflation pay rise for almost 900,000 public sector workers

Written by on 07/21/2020

lmost 900,000 public sector workers are to get an above-inflation pay rise, including doctors, teachers and police officers.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said he recognised their “vital contribution” during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Treasury said the money for the salary increases of up to 3.1% would come from existing departmental budgets.

Labour said the rise would not make up for years of real-terms cuts.

Nurses are not included in the announcement because they negotiated a three-year deal in 2018.

Not all settlements will be UK-wide.

  • Teachers in England, and dentists and doctors across the UK, will see the largest increases at 3.1% and 2.8% respectively
  • Police, prison officers and National Crime Agency staff in England and Wales will be given a 2.5% rise in pay, while members of the armed forces across the UK will get 2%
  • Members of the judiciary and senior civil servants across the UK will also see their pay topped up by 2%.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: “These past months have underlined what we always knew, that our public sector workers make a vital contribution to our country and that we can rely on them when we need them.

“It’s right, therefore, that we follow the recommendations of the independent pay bodies with this set of real-terms pay rises.”

More than 300 NHS workers have died in England alone after contracting coronavirus, many doing so while caring for patients.

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