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‘Remove pay cap’ says RCM as inflation rises

13 June, 2017

‘Remove pay cap’ says RCM as inflation rises

Data published today (13 June) by the Office for National Statistics shows UK inflation has nearly reached a four-year high.

It hit 2.9% last month, up from 2.7% in April, and is the highest rate since June 2013.

In light of this, the RCM has again called for the Government to remove its 1% pay cap for NHS workers.
 
Jon Skewes, RCM director of policy, employment relations and communications, said: ‘This rise will be yet another blow to hard-working midwives and other NHS staff who have suffered years of pay freezes and pay restraint, many of whom are now many thousands of pounds worse off because of this.
 
‘It outlines even more why this Government needs to remove the 1% pay cap they have imposed on NHS staff, so that we can see our midwives rewarded fairly for the work they do.
 
‘It's not good enough though just to discontinue the 1% pay policy for the NHS. Improved pay must be funded, increases will need to exceed inflation and the NHS Pay Review Body will need to be enabled to deal with the catch up.’

The fall in the value of the pound since the Brexit referendum has increased import costs, which has been a major factor behind the rise.

A Treasury spokesperson said the Government is helping families by keeping taxes low, freezing fuel duty and increasing the National Living Wage.

For more information from the ONS on inflation click here.

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