Nurses and health care assistants are struggling to "keep their heads above water", the general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing said today after the Government announced that almost 1.4 million public sector employees will receive a 1% pay rise from next month.
Dr Peter Carter said:
There is no doubt that nurses and health care assistants are really struggling to keep their heads above water financially as their pay levels are failing to keep pace with inflation.
The reality of increasing living costs means we are seeing higher numbers of our members in debt and unable to meet mortgage payments.
The announcement of a 1% increase for 2013/14 does nothing to restore the 9% gap caused by rising inflation that we have seen open up during the previous two years' pay freeze.
Almost 1.4 million public sector employees, including nurses, hospital cleaners, doctors and members of the armed forces, are to receive a 1% pay rise from next month, the Government announced today.
In a statement, the Treasury said:
The public sector paybill makes up over half of Departmental resource spending, so managing public sector pay continues to be central to the Government’s plans for fiscal consolidation and will help to protect jobs and services.
Some Pay Review Bodies have also made recommendations beyond base pay. The Government has considered all these carefully and in some cases decided it is not possible to take them forward. However, a number of these recommendations will be considered again at a future date.