Military personnel granted long overdue pay rise Â

ARMED forces personnel are to be given a bump in their wages, the defence secretary confirmed yesterday

Tuesday, 24th July 2018, 4:47 pm
Updated Tuesday, 24th July 2018, 5:54 pm
The pay rise will come into effect in September. Pictured are sailors from HMS Collingwood during the naval base's ceremonial divisions event last week. Photo: Keith Woodland

aUK military personnel will get a two per cent salary boost, receiving it in their September pay packets, backdated to April 1.

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A one-off 0.9 per cent payment will also be made to bring salaries in line with the Armed Forces' Pay Review Body's 2018-19 recommendation of 2.9 per cent.

Portsmouth South MP Stephen Morgan welcomed the rise, saying it was '˜long overdue'. But he was concerned about when troops would receive the one-off payment of 0.9 per cent,

Currently inflation is at 2.4 per cent, meaning the annual pay rise for the armed forces is still below this rate.