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Public sector workers set for 1% pay rise

The Government has accepted a recommended 1% pay rise for public sector workers Credit: PA

The Government has accepted a recommended 1% pay rise for public sector workers, including doctors and nurses, the Treasury has announced.

The awards covers more than one million employees, including staff in the armed forces.

Ministers said the award was in line with its policy of an average 1% pay increase in 2016-17.

NHS staff, doctors and dentists, and members of the armed forces will receive an average of 1%, while Prison Service staff will get 1.36% as an "exceptional award" for "highly ambitious" prison reforms.

Health union leaders said 1% was "way below" what workers needed.

Our armed forces, NHS workers and prison officers do a brilliant job serving our country but with an increasingly turbulent global economy, pay restraint continues to be a key part of our plan to finish fixing the public finances.

The independent OBR (Office for Budget Responsibility) estimates that 200,000 public sector jobs have been protected thanks to our average 1% pay policy so we can continue to deliver crucial public services.

– Chief Secretary to the Treasury Greg Hands