Unions have reacted with anger to below-inflation pay rises for health and other public sector workers.
Chancellor Gordon Brown told MPs he had accepted recommendations from the pay review body that awards be kept within the government’s 2% inflation target.
Nurses will get a 1.9% rise, while GPs will get no increase. The armed forces will get 3.3% and consultants 1.3%.
The CPI inflation measure targeted by the government is 2.7%. The old Retail Price Index currently stands at 4.2%.
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