Almost A Million Teachers, Soldiers And NHS Staff To Get Huge Pay Rise
The government has announced that almost a million public sector workers will receive a pay rise that is above the UK's two-per cent inflation rate.
School teachers in England are set to get a 2.75 per cent salary boost, the equivalent to £1,000 extra a year, for those on an average salary while the arms forces across the UK will receive a 2.9 per cent rise.
The salary-boost will also see an increase of more than 6%, which is the equivalent of £1,140, for more than 7,200 newly trained soldiers, sailors, and airmen and airwomen.
Elsewhere, NHS consultants and dentists in England will get a 2.5 per cent rise, which is an extra £1,500 a year. Unfortunately, the pay increase doesn't cover doctors and dentists in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland as the NHS pay review body determines their salary.
All police ranks will receive a similar 2.5 per cent pay increase, which equates to an extra £978 in their yearly pay packet, while prison officers will receive an increase of at least 2.2 per cent.
Rounding off the pay increases are senior civil servants in England, Scotland and Wales, who will get an extra 2 per cent. The pay rise will be backdated to the start of each department's financial year.
The increases in public sector pay come in the wake of May's final days in 10 Downing Street, with the Prime Minister set to depart on Wednesday, and has been viewed as part of her 'legacy spending'.
Commenting on the announcement, she said: "Whether it's keeping us safe, saving lives or educating the next generation, our public sector workers deserve this pay rise in recognition of the brilliant job they do on a daily basis.
"In 2017 we ended the public sector pay cap and I'm pleased that we can build on this today by giving almost a million of our dedicated public servants an above-inflation salary increase."
While chancellor Philip Hammond said of the increases: "We are able to afford these pay rises because our balanced approach means we have reduced our debt while investing in public services, including pay."
The announcement could also be one of Hammond's final acts as chancellor after he told the BBC that he would hand in his resignation on Wednesday should Boris Johnson win the Tory leadership race.
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