The Government has accepted Pay Review Bodies’ recommendations on base pay for public sector workforces for 2013-14. The Armed Forces Pay Review Body (AFPRB), NHS Pay Review Body (NHSPRB), the Doctors’ and Dentists’ Review Body (DDRB), Prison Service Pay Review Body (PSPRB), and the Senior Salaries Review Body (SSRB) were asked to examine how an increase to base pay of an average of 1 per cent should be applied to their workforces.
Following the recommendations, base pay for these workforces will now increase by an average of 1 per cent. This pay award is in line with the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement 2011 announcement on public sector pay for the two years following the public sector pay freeze.
The public sector paybill makes up over half of Departmental resource spending, so managing public sector pay continues to be central to the Government’s plans for fiscal consolidation and will help to protect jobs and services.
Some Pay Review Bodies have also made recommendations beyond base pay. The Government has considered all these carefully and in some cases decided it is not possible to take them forward. However, a number of these recommendations will be considered again at a future date.
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The Government has received the Pay Review Body reports from the Armed Forces Pay Review Body (AFPRB), NHS Pay Review Body (NHSPRB), the Doctors’ and Dentists’ Review Body (DDRB), Prison Service Pay Review Body (PSPRB), and the Senior Salaries Review Body (SSRB). These are all published at www.ome.uk.com/Review_Bodies.aspx
Teachers’ pay is set according to the academic year, as opposed to the financial year, and the Teachers’ Pay Review Body is expected to report back by the end of May.
This announcement does not include police and Local Government workforces, who are not covered by Pay Review Bodies. Police officer pay is determined by the Police Negotiating Board and the Home Secretary. Local Government workers’ pay remains a matter for Local Authorities and the National Joint Council.
Today’s announcement confirms pay awards for 2013-14 for prison officers, the armed forces, the NHS, Doctors and Dentists, and senior NHS managers and the judiciary.
The Departments responsible for each workforce will lay Written Ministerial Statements today, setting out further details. Enquiries on specific workforces should be addressed to the relevant Department.