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Nurses in Scotland will earn more

14th March 2007

Nurses in Scotland are to receive higher wages than those in England after the Scottish Assembly decided to give its nurses a 2.5% rise from April.

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Chancellor Gordon Brown had planned to stagger the pay deal with a 1.5% rise from April 1 and the remaining 1% from November to save money.

But in an unprecedented act, Scottish ministers rejected the UK-wide pay deal leaving Scotland’s nurses £183 better off this year than their colleagues in England.

The decision came an hour before nurses were due to stage a rally outside of the Scottish Assembly in Edinburgh.

The move has prompted concerns over the future of national pay rates, with more deprived areas of England unable to meet Scotland’s wage levels. It could also garner support for critics who claim the current funding formula gives Scotland an overly large share of the public purse.

Now nurses are demanding the full rise be implemented in England. The staggered rise had already drawn criticism for failing to keep up with inflation.

The government has rejected calls to implement the whole pay rise from April 1 on the grounds of cost.

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Title: Nurses in Scotland will earn more
Author: Carol burns
Article Id: 2237
Date Added: 14th Mar 2007


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