Doctors, teachers and police officers are among the 9,000 public sector workers who will see an inflation-busting pay rise for their “vital contribution” against coronavirus, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced.
More than 300 NHS workers have died in England alone after contracting Covid-19, many doing so while caring for patients.
Teachers continued to look after the children of key workers throughout the lockdown while police were tasked with enforcing unprecedented social distancing rules.
Each award is recommended by independent pay review bodies, which take into account factors such as affordability and the wider employment market.
Police and Crime minister Kit Malthouse told talkRADIO’s Alastair Stewart: “This year the Chancellor’s decided to accept [the recommendations] and part of his motivation beyond those factors is a recognition that we do owe a debt of gratitude to these public sector workers for the work they’ve done during this very difficult crisis.”
According to the Treasury, teachers and doctors will receive the largest increase at 3.1 per cent and 2.8 per cent respectively.
Police, prison officers and National Crime Agency staff will be given a 2.5 per cent boost.
Members of the armed forces, the judiciary and senior civil servants will all see their pay topped up by two per cent.
Labour shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds said the pay rise was “good news” but claimed it would not make up for a “decade of real-terms pay cuts” for frontline workers.
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