Health Services and Social Services: Staff

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 5th September 2022.

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Photo of Colleen Fletcher Colleen Fletcher Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking with Cabinet colleagues to support health and care staff in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England with the rising cost of living.

Photo of Maria Caulfield Maria Caulfield Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The Government has accepted the recommendations made by the independent Pay Review Bodies (PRBs) for National Health Service staff. The PRBs considered factors such as the cost of living and inflation, recruitment, retention and morale and value for the taxpayer.

More than one million staff under the national Agenda for Change contract in England will benefit from an increase in pay of at least £1,400, backdated to April 2022, including Coventry and the West Midlands. This is in addition to the 3% increase received in 2021.

The Government has provided support for households including reducing fuel duty and taxes for the lowest-paid workers on Universal Credit and raising the threshold for National Insurance contributions.

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