Worcester MP Robin Walker has welcomed the news of a pay rise for almost 900,000 public sector workers.

Robin recognises that our public sector workers make a vital contribution to our country and are always there for us to rely on when we need them and welcomed the news today that the Government announced that almost 900,000 public sector workers, including doctors, teachers and police officers, will see above-inflation pay rises – for the third year in a row for the majority – reflecting their dedication, hard work and contribution to our country.

Robin welcomes the commitment that the Government will stand squarely behind public sector workers as they continue to keep us safe, better our communities, and look after those who need it. This year’s pay awards reflect the enormous effort made by those in the public sector during the coronavirus outbreak.

  • NHS – doctors and dentists will receive a pay rise of 2.8 per cent. As part of a three-year pay deal reached in 2018, nurses who are still moving up their pay structures will receive an average 4.4 per cent rise this year. This year’s awards will benefit around 69,000 employees.
  • Teachers – will receive the largest pay rise, with salaries increasing by 3.1 per cent. This pay award is equivalent to a £1,250 increase to average classroom teacher pay.
  • Police officers – will receive a 2.5 per cent rise in pay. Police constables will earn up to £1,002 more this year. This comes as we’ve already recruited the first 3,005 officers as part of our plans to recruit 20,000 additional officers over the next three years.
  • Prison officers – will receive a 2.5 per cent pay rise. This pay award will benefit 11,655 fair and
    sustainable prison officers, and 6,152 closed grade prison officers.
  • Armed Forces – will receive a 2 per cent pay rise. This comes as 16,340 new recruits have joined the UK Regular Armed Forces over the last year, up 30 per cent compared with the previous 12 months. Since 2017, the Armed Forced have benefited from increases to pay of 7 per cent.

Meanwhile more than one million NHS workers including nurses, will continue to benefit from the three-year Agenda for Change pay deal struck separately in 2018, under which the starting salary for a new qualified nurse has increased by over 12 per cent since 2017-18.

Robin is conscious that public sector pay awards must deliver value for money for the taxpayer. The Chancellor has today launched the Comprehensive Spending Review, outlining that, in the interest of fairness the Government must exercise restraint in future public sector pay awards, ensuring that across this year and the Spending Review period, public sector pay levels retain parity with the private sector.

Speaking after the announcement, Robin said:

“I am delighted that the pay rises announced today will benefit almost 900,000 public sector workers including many who work for the NHS, police officers, prison officers, teachers and the armed forces.”

“The reason why nurses were not include in today’s announcement is that they already benefit from the 3-year Agenda for Change deal struck in 2018 which means they are getting above inflation pay rises over each of those three years up to 20/21. The starting salary of a newly qualified nurse will have risen 12 per cent since 2017/18. Nurses who are still moving up the pay structures will receive an average increase of 4.4% this year.”

“Council workers receive their pay from councils and the Government is providing vital additional funds to all councils to help them with the costs and recovery process from Covid. Councils are being provided with an additional £3.7 billion in resource funding to use as they see fit and a further £600 million for social care.”

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We are helping people with the cost of living…

• Giving the largest ever cash boost to the National Living Wage in April – giving nearly 3 million workers a pay rise. In April, the NLW increased from £8.21 to £8.72, meaning low-paid workers received a boost of 6.2 per cent. A full time worker on the NLW will receive an increase of £930 this year as a
result, and we will increase the NLW to £10.50, on current forecasts, by 2024
• Raising the National Insurance threshold to £9,500 – saving people approximately £100. From April,
the threshold increased to £9,500, benefiting 31 million works with a tax cut. We are committed to
increasing the threshold to £12,500
• Frozen fuel duty for the tenth year in a row keeping more money in people’s pockets. We have frozen
fuel duty for a tenth year in a row saving the average driver more than £1,200 over the last decade
• Freezing duty rates on beer, spirits, wine and cider helping with the cost of living. This will be only
the second time in almost 20 years a government has frozen all these duties
• Axing the tampon tax now we have left the EU. We will reduce the cost of essential sanitary products
for women in the UK, abolishing the tampon tax from 1 January 2021
• Ending the public sector pay cap in 2017-18 – meaning this is the third above-inflation rise for public
sector workers in a row. In light of our recovering public finances, the Conservative Government
announced the end of the pay cap 2017

We are standing behind our public services throughout coronavirus…

• Giving the NHS the funding it needs to tackle the virus, with more than £31.9 billion of support for
health services. This includes over £15 billion for PPE procurement to protect frontline staff, £10 billion
for our Test, Trace, Contain and Enable programme and a further £5.5 billion of spending on health
services, including enhancing the NHS discharge service and delivering medicines to the vulnerable
• Writing off over £13 billion of debt for NHS providers, freeing them up to investing in maintaining
vital services. The changes will provide much needed financial support during this unprecedented viral
pandemic, as well as laying secure foundations for the longer-term commitments set out last year to
support the NHS to become more financially sustainable
• Providing £4.3 billion to support local councils tackle coronavirus and support social care. We have
provided £3.7 billion to councils to support local services as they see fit, plus an additional £600 million
specifically to support social care providers
• Recruiting and retaining more teachers, so that the best talent is drawn into our schools. We are
increasing the starting salary for teachers to £30,000 by 2022-23, an increase of up to £6,000. We have cut teacher workload by 5 hours a week over the past three years and there are 12,000 more teachers in schools than in 2010
• Boosting funding in our primary and secondary schools by £14 billion over the next three years, so
that every child can get a good education. We are increasing the schools budget by £2.6 billion in 2020-
21, £4.8 billion in 2021-22 and £7.1 billion in 2022-23, compared to 2019-20. This will bring the schools
budget up to a record £52.2 billion
• Boosting police funding by up to £1.1 billion this year, the biggest increase in a decade. The funding
increase includes £150 million to fight organised crime and online child abuse, £39 million to tackle
serious violence including cracking down on county lines drug dealing, and a £90 million increase for
counter-terrorism policing to help protect our streets
• Providing over £280 million to support and modernise our criminal justice system, creating jobs.
We will provide a new £142 million for digital upgrades and maintenance to around 100 courts this year,
£83 million for maintenance of prisons and youth offender facilities, and £60 million for temporary prison places, creating thousands of new jobs