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Reward for 900,000 front-line staff as chancellor offers raise

ALMOST 900,000 public sector workers on the coronavirus front line will be given a pay rise, the chancellor has announced.

Teachers and doctors will receive the biggest raises — 3.1 and 2.8 per cent respectively — while police and prison officers and National Crime Agency staff will see their pay packets swell by 2.5 per cent.

Members of the armed forces will be handed an extra two per cent, with the same amount to be offered to members of the judiciary and senior civil servants.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: ‘These past months have underlined what we always knew, that our public sector workers make a vital contribution to our country and that we can rely on them when we need them. It’s right therefore that we follow the recommendations of the independent pay bodies with this set of real-terms pay rises.’

The pay awards for the armed forces, prison officers, senior civil servants and NHS staff will be backdated to April, whereas the raise for police and teachers starts in September due to those professions having a different pay schedule.

THE Tower of London’s famous Beefeaters are facing redundancies for the first time in their 500-year history. Historic Royal Palaces, which gets 80 per cent of funding from visitors, said the pandemic has ‘devastated’ finances. It has offered its 37 Yeoman Warders voluntary redundancy but warned compulsory job cuts may follow.