Not all NHS staff will receive 1% pay rise, says government

A letter sent by the government to the NHS Pay Review Body warns that not all staff will receive the 1% rise

Some nurses may receive pay rises of less than 1% next year, the Treasury has told the NHS Pay Review Body.

In a letter to the review body, chief secretary to the Treasury Greg Hands says the government will need to continue public sector pay restraint in order to protect public services and jobs.

'Some workers could receive more than 1%, while others could receive less,' says the letter, adding: 'There should not be an expectation that every worker will receive a 1% award.'

The letter follows an announcement by chancellor George Osborne in July that public sector staff will have pay rises capped at 1% until 2020. 

'The government will continue to examine pay reforms and modernise terms and conditions of public sector workers,' it says. 'This will include a renewed focus on pay progression, and considering legislation where necessary to achieve the goverment's objectives.'

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