Public sector 1% pay rise

Almost 1.4 million public sector employees, including nurses, doctors, dentists and the armed forces, will receive a 1% pay rise from April, the government announced.

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1% pay rise 'does nothing' to restore rising inflation gap

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.

– Royal College of Nursing

Freezing pay 'heaping financial misery' on NHS workers

Staff face another year of hardship, the Unison's head of health said today, after the Government announced that 1.4 million public sector employees will receive a 1% pay rise from next month.

The union reported more health workers, including nurses, are turning to its welfare fund for help to pay for rising fuel bills, debt advice and emergency loans. Christina McAnea said:

What kind of message does it send to health workers about the value this Government places on their work? And what incentive is there for young people to join the NHS when they are so undervalued?

Freezing and squeezing pay is crushing morale and heaping financial misery on more than a million NHS workers.

At the same time, the NHS is going through a massive reorganisation and staff are dealing with job cuts, rationing and ever increasing patient numbers.

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Treasury: Fiscal consolidation to 'help protect jobs'

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.

– Treasury statement

Public sector staff 'face another year of financial hardship'

The Government has announced that almost 1.4 million public sector employees will receive a 1% pay rise from next month.

The Treasury said recommendations from a number of pay review bodies had been accepted, sparking anger from unions.

Unison, which represents 450,000 NHS workers including nurses, paramedics, therapists and midwives, said staff face another year of financial hardship.

The union condemned the second successive 1% annual increase as a "squeeze" on pay, which officials warned would leave many health workers and their families struggling to make ends meet.

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