Pay and conditions

UK Government pay decision for NHS staff in England

On 13 March 2014 the Government overturned the recommendation by the independent Pay Review Body (PRB) that nurses and health care support workers should get the one per cent cost of living increase which, last year, they said was affordable.

In October 2013 we submitted evidence to the PRB, on behalf of members. We will continue to fight for your pay by challenging the Government's decision.

What the Government’s pay decision means for you

If you’re at the top of your pay band, you will receive a one off payment of one per cent of your salary (paid monthly) for this year. If you are still working your way up your pay band, you will go onto your next increment providing that you meet the local criteria for incremental progression.

To find out exactly what this means for you, see our 2014-15 pay rates page.

Contact your MP

You can email your MP about the Westminster Government’s decision on pay. 

We have written a template letter for you to use if you like, but please do personalise it with your own views and experiences – this is what will make your email unique and make your MP sit up and listen. 

Dr Peter Carter has already written to all MPs in England, dispelling myths about NHS incremental pay, setting out that you have accepted pay restraint since 2010 and asking MPs to make clear their position with regard to the Government’s decision. 

However, it is important that MPs hear from their constituents to really make them take notice. Tell them how you feel and what affect their decision has on you personally. 

What would be even better is if you are able to meet your MP face-to-face and ask them to take action on your behalf, or if they support the Government’s decision, ask them why they think you don’t deserve a pay rise. You can find details of MP’s surgeries on their websites. 

Tell us your view

Please complete our survey and let us know how you feel about the Government’s decision on pay.

It is vitally important that you complete the survey as its findings will be presented to Council and will inform their decision on future action. 

To prevent multiple entries and to ensure the survey results present an accurate reflection of members’ views you will be asked to enter your email address at the start of the survey. This information is not included in any reporting, and your submission will be completely anonymous.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

The Scottish Government has agreed to pay the 1 per cent PRB recommendation in full. The governments in Northern Ireland and Wales have yet to determine if the PRB recommendation will be paid in full to all staff. To find out what this means for you, see our 2014-15 pay rates page.

We’re here for you

If you need to talk to someone about the Government’s pay decision, please call the RCN Direct advice line on 0345 772 6100 between 8.30am and 8.30pm, available seven days a week.