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22nd July 2020

22nd July 2020

This week brought the welcome news of above inflation pay rises for 900,000 public sector workers – many of them for the third year in a row.

At the height of the pandemic, we all applauded NHS workers and carers, and I know from my postbag throughout the crisis that a lot of people will heartily welcome the confirmation of an average 4.4 per cent pay rise for nurses.

At the same time, more than one million NHS workers will continue to benefit from the three-year Agenda for Change pay deal under which the starting salary for a newly qualified nurse has already increased 12 per cent since 2018.

But this week’s announcement also acknowledges that medics were not the only ones who worked tirelessly to keep us going through the darkest days of COVID-19 in the spring.

Many more public sector workers make a vital contribution to our country and rose to the challenge when we needed them most.

Teachers, police officers and the armed forces will all receive above inflation pay rises, at the same time as their numbers are increasing – with 3,000 of an additional 20,000 police officers recruited and a 30 per cent increase in the number of new military recruits in the past year.

The pandemic has cost the world economy dear but rewarding public sector workers as they continue to keep us safe and look after those who need it is not a luxury.

Of course, we are still conscious that public sector pay awards must deliver value for money for the taxpayer. The Chancellor has launched the Comprehensive Spending Review outlining that, in the interest of fairness, public sector pay levels must retain parity with the private sector, whose role in our recovery will be no less vital.

I am pleased that in April, as planned, we went ahead with increasing the minimum wage to benefit the lowest paid in all sectors and raised the National Insurance threshold, equating to a £100 saving for 31 million workers.

Parliament’s summer recess starts this week. I will be spending it in Salisbury, where I will be following government advice to ‘eat out to help out’ in our restaurants and supporting as many local shops and businesses as I can, as our traders work hard to attract customers back.

Posted by John Glen at 9:23am

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