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CSP seeks clarity on chancellor’s incremental pay plans

27 June 2013 - 11:19am

The CSP will be seeking clarity on chancellor George Osborne’s plans to end automatic incremental pay rises in the public services in England, announced as he unveiled the government’s spending review.

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Peter Finch: 'We will be seeking clarification with employers and the NHS Pay Review Body about what the spending review announcement means'

Such reforms are already ‘underway’ in some public services, it was pointed out in the spending review document, which sets out spending allocations for April 2015 to March 2016.

Peter Finch, assistant director of the CSP's employment relations and union services, said: 'We will be seeking clarification with employers and the NHS Pay Review Body about what the spending review announcement means, but in our view the recent changes to the Agenda for Change (AfC) agreement in England have ended automatic pay progression.'

NHS Employers said the recent amendments to the Agenda for Change agreement 'already allow employers to link pay progression to meeting performance requirements' but it would 'await further clarity on any implications for the NHS'.

Pay is a devolved matter for the governments of Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland.

The Department of Health budget in England was to rise by 0.01 per cent to £110 billion, while funds transferred from the NHS to social care will treble by 2015 to £3 billion. A further £200 million will be transferred to accelerate integration, Mr Osborne announced.

Overall, spending for 2015/2016 will be cut by £11.5 billion while the target date for eliminating the budget deficit was put back three years to 2017/18.

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