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NHS staff council accept government pay offer

The RCN met NHS unions and employers yesterday to decide on next steps regarding the government's pay offer, which includes:

•    A 1% pay rise for all NHS staff up to pay point 42, the second point on band 8c (£56,504) from 1 April 2015.

•    A one-year increment freeze for staff on pay point 34, the second point of band 8a (£40,458) and above.

•    Additional changes to benefit those on the lowest pay scales.

•    A commitment by government to continue using the independent Pay Review Body structure.

During the meeting, it was agreed to accept the offer, which will be implemented in England with effect from 1 April 2015. Royal College of Nursing members working for the NHS in England voted 60% in favour of accepting the offer.