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Government spending plans a ‘double whammy’ for CSP members in the NHS

10 December 2009 - 12:35pm

Government health spending will be protected for the next few years while pay rises for health and other public sector workers will be held in check, the chancellor has announced.

Alistair Darling's pre-budget report was designed to beat the recession and tackle national debt, but key proposals came under fire from the Conservatives and trade unions.

One per cent pay cap

All public sector pay settlements (excluding the armed forces) are to be capped at one per cent for two years from 2011.  All National Insurance rates will rise by a further 0.5 per cent from April 2011.

Peter Finch, assistant director of CSP employment relations and union services, described the measures as a punitive “double whammy” for CSP members working in the NHS who, he said, were not to blame for the country’s financial “mess”.

He stated that there were well-established procedures for pay, terms and conditions, including the independent pay review body.

CSP will work to protect members

State contributions to public sector pensions are to be cut by £1 billion a year.

Peter Finch added: 'The proposed changes to pensions have already taken place in the NHS as part of the recent review of the NHS scheme, with CSP members’ contributions increasing and employers contributions capped.

'The NHS 2010-2015 strategy document released today appears to confirm that CSP members in the NHS won't be affected by any new pension changes.

'The CSP will be working hard in the coming months to protect our members, working with other unions and the TUC to discuss the detail of the chancellor’s proposals with NHS employers and government departments across the UK.'

NHS frontline spending to rise by inflation

The chancellor admitted that the recession in the UK had been worse than he predicted last year.

He set out a package to ensure that, in 2011-12 and 2012-13, NHS frontline spending on patient care rises in line with inflation.

Briefing on the implications of the pre-Budget report for CSP members

2009 Pre-Budget Report

NHS 2010 - 2015: from good to great. Preventative, people-centred, productive

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