My Rt. Hon Friend the Secretary of State for Health has made the following written statement:
I am responding on behalf of my Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister to the 30th Report of the NHS Pay Review Body (NHSPRB). The report has been laid before Parliament today (Cm 9440) and is attached.
We welcome the 30th report of the NHS Pay Review Body.
The Government is pleased to accept its recommendations for a 1 per cent increase to all Agenda for Change pay points from 1 April 2017 and the High Cost Area Supplement minimum and maximum payments. This will be in addition to incremental pay for those that are eligible.
The recommendation that Health Departments should ensure that annual pay awards do not have unintended consequences in reducing the take-home pay of staff whose pay award causes them to cross pension contribution thresholds, will be considered as part of the four yearly valuation of the NHS Pension Scheme, a process which will determine the appropriate level of employer and employee pension contributions from April 2019.
The Government will consider all the observations and report progress to the NHS Pay Review Body in due course.
This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: