NHS staff to get pay RISE but millions of public sector workers face pay freeze


BRITAIN’S NHS staff will get a pay RISE but millions of public sector workers will face pay freeze as Britain faces an “economic emergency”, the Chancellor announced today.

The Chancellor said today he could not “justify” a widespread pay rise for public sector workers while private businesses bore the brunt of the coronavirus crisis.

NHS staff will get a pay rise next year
Rishi Sunak is expected to free pay for almost 4 million public workers today

Mr Sunak announced the new measures today

The wages of nurses, doctors and other NHS workers will go up next year to support them after their efforts during the coronavirus crisis.

Mr Sunak set out today his comprehensive spending review and is announced there must be “pay restraint” as he tried to fend off a disastrous economic fallout from record spending.

Mr Sunak said today: “In such a difficult context for the private sector – especially for people working in sectors like retail, hospitality, or leisure… I cannot justify a significant, across-the-board pay increase for all public sector workers.

“Instead, we are targeting our resources at those who need it most.

“To protect public sector jobs at this time of crisis, and ensure fairness between the private and public sectors, I am taking three steps today.

“First, taking account of the pay review bodies advice, we will provide a pay rise to over a million Nurses, Doctors and others working in the NHS.

“Second, to protect jobs, pay rises in the rest of the public sector will be paused next year.

“But third, we will protect those on lower incomes.”

It means more than 2 million public sector workers who earn less than £24,000 a year will still receive a pay rise of at least £250 next year.

The Chancellor stressed the importance of balancing the books and restoring the long-term health of the public finances.

In a gloomy statement he told MPs and the nation:

  • The Government is on track to dish out a huge £280bn to get our country through coronavirus this year alone – and £18billion is planned for next year
  • The nation’s debt is forecast to continue rising in every year, reaching 97.5 per cent of GDP in 2025-26
  • The economy will shrink by 11 per cent this year – the largest fall for more than 300 years
  • Unemployment will rise to a peak of 7.4 per cent – 2.6million people – by the second quarter next year
  • NHS staff to get pay RISE but millions of public sector workers face pay freeze
  • 2million will get a National living wage hike to £8.91 an hour
  • Foreign aid will be cut to 0.5 per cent of GDP next year – but he hopes to raise it back again afterwards
  • A £4billion ‘levelling up’ fund to help areas in the North hit hardest by the pandemic
  • Day to day public spending is up overall in real terms by 3.8 per cent, or £14bn more
  • Manifesto promises kept on schools, hospitals and police funding

Boris Johnson and the Chancellor have been slammed by unions for a “morally obscene” plan.

And Government ministers have been in hot water after MPs were set to receive their own pay rise – while the rest of the public sector had their wages frozen.

MPs pay is decided by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) who recommended MPs pay should rise by £3,300.

But more than 50 Tory MPs themselves wrote to the chair of Ipsa demanding their pay be frozen along with the public sector.

They said that while their constituents face significant financial uncertainty, MPs should help “shoulder the burden”.

Ministers have been reluctant to interfere with Ipsa’s process, but No10 has said Mr Johnson opposes the pay rise.

Ipsa is set to release its final decision next month.

Both Mr Johnson and Mr Sunak have insisted there will be no return to austerity.

Rishi Sunak leaving Downing Street this morning

Millions of public sector workers will still be subject to a pay freeze

Boris Johnson has said he opposes MPs pay rise

But the Office for Budget Responsibility is set to dole out grim numbers today laying out the scale of the economic disaster facing Britain.

Public sector net borrowing has steadily climbed past £2trillion this year.

The analysis, which will be published alongside the comprehensive spending review on Wednesday, is likely to show that the economy will have contracted by close to 11 per cent in 2020.

Over the past decade the gap between public and private sector earnings has narrowed after pay freezes and caps but public sector workers remain better paid on average.

Pay for public sector workers have remained higher on average than that for the private sector, with the average public wage falling by 1.3 per cent to an average of £23,496 this year, and private earnings rising by 1.7 per cent to £28,132.

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