Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, has announced a variety of workers will receive above-inflation pay rises in the coming months. The increase in pay has been widely viewed as a reward for the additional strain the public sector has been forced to bear as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak and ensuing lockdown. Amongst those who will receive a pay rise are doctors, dentists, police officers and teachers.
Unions have argued the former public sector pay freeze means the current increases do not make up for pay that has previously been lost.
And Labour, concurring with these points, has said care workers have been left in the lurch – as they are paid by local authorities instead.
The Shadow Chancellor, Anneliese Dodds, said: “A pay rise for our police, nurses and teachers now is good news, but for many frontline workers it still won’t make up for a decade of real-terms pay cuts.
“And many other public sector workers – including those working on the frontline in social care – won’t get a pay rise out of this at all because the Tories haven’t made good on their promises to boost local authority funding.”
However, the government has also stated future public sector pay awards will have to be carefully thought out before implementation.
This is due to the fact COVID-19 is having a significant impact on the economy, and the fiscal position as a whole.
As pay years vary between workforces, different workers can expect to receive their pay rise at various times.
Pay rises will commence for police and teachers in September, while NHS staff, senior civil servants and the armed forces will have their pay rise backdated to April.
The news from the government appears to be the latest measure in a spend-heavy year, as the Chancellor has announced billions of pounds worth of support measures to assist Britons during this difficult time.
Included are the furlough and self-employment schemes respectively, which have cost the Treasury a significant amount, but have helped millions of people get back on their feet.
And the summer economic statement committed more funds towards helping to create and maintain jobs in an effort to assist the British workforce.
It is hoped the recovery of Britain’s economy will be swift, as lockdown measures are eased.