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In addition to the pay package, the MOD has frozen the daily food charge for personnel.
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Armed Forces pay: Base salary to rise by up to 3.75%

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In addition to the pay package, the MOD has frozen the daily food charge for personnel.

Military personnel are set to receive a pay rise, it has been announced.

Armed Forces personnel up to 1-star will receive an extra 3.75%, whereas senior military personnel, officers ranked up to 2-star and above will get a 3.5% increase.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace announced the Government's decision on pay for the Armed Forces for 2022-23 and believes the pay award "will benefit the whole of the Armed Forces".

In a statement, Mr Wallace said: "This pay award supports wider recruitment and retention and addresses the requirements of smaller but highly skilled Armed Forces whilst recognising affordability.

"Pay awards this year strike a careful balance between recognising the vital importance of public sector workers, whilst delivering value for the taxpayer, not increasing the country's debt further, and being careful not to drive even higher prices in the future".

In addition to the package, the MOD has frozen the daily food charge for personnel and will be limiting the increase in accommodation charges to 1%.

"We are also limiting the increase in accommodation charges to 1%, ensuring the Council Tax Rebate reaches those in military accommodation, and are increasing the availability of free wrap-around Childcare from the start of the new academic year," the Defence Secretary said.

"Any service families facing hardships, of any kind, should approach their welfare officer so that further support can be discussed."

Watch: Defence Secretary comments on the cost of living and Armed Forces pay rise.

All of the pay rises were recommended by independent public sector pay review bodies, who take evidence and talk to those in the industry.

Mr Wallace said: "The Government is accepting the Armed Forces' Pay Review Body (AFPRB)'s and The Senior Salaries Review Body's (SSRB) recommendations in full, for the 2022 Pay Round.

"This award will benefit the whole of the Armed Forces and is the biggest percentage uplift in 20 years, recognising their vital contributions and the cost of living pressures facing households."

Public sector pay elsewhere:

Police officers in England and Wales are to receive a £1,900 salary uplift from 1 September, which is equivalent to a 5% overall pay award, the Home Office said.

More than one million NHS staff will receive a pay rise of at least £1,400, the Department for Health and Social Care said.

Eligible doctors and dentists will receive a 4.5% pay rise, whereas most nurses will get an increase of about 3.7% while basic pay for recently qualified nurses will rise by 5.5%.

Lower earners such as porters and cleaners are set to get a 9.3% increase. 

Experienced teachers will earn a 5% pay award and from September the new teachers beginning their career will get an extra 8.9%.

All prison staff will receive a pay award of at least 4%, Justice Secretary Dominic Raab said.