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Friday 28th October 2016

NHS lowest pay rise in decade

6th March 2007

NHS staff are facing their lowest pay settlement for more than a decade.

Chancellor Gordon Brown announced the public sector’s one million employees would get an average 1.9% increase, below the rate of inflation.

For the NHS this means a second pay freeze for GPs, while most staff will get 1.5% in April, with a second rise in November bringing it up to 2.5%. This is below the consumer price index of 2.7% and the retail price index of 4.2%.

The aim of providing it in two stages is to stay in line with the Bank of England's inflation target of 2%.

The armed forces received the highest rise of 3.3% from April.

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