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1% NHS pay offer during pandemic is “worst kind of insult” say unions

BBC, 05 Mar 2021
A row has erupted after a UK government proposal of a 1% pay rise for most NHS workers in England.

The government proposal has been submitted to the pay review body for the health service.

Unions have warned ministers that they face a backlash if they go ahead with the idea, with one saying it's the worst kind of insult the Government could give health workers after a year fighting the pandemic.

Following the Budget, pressure is mounting on the government to spend more and pay more in many parts of the public sector.

Labour is accusing the Chancellor of hiding a funding cut for NHS running costs, like wages and medicines.

One independent expert has warned that more needs to be done to address the huge pressure on public services once the pandemic is over.

A 1% pay rise would be below the rate of inflation forecast in the budget for next year.

Sophie Raworth presents BBC News at Ten reporting by deputy political editor Vicki Young and economics editor Faisal Islam.

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