Britain’s armed forces must receive a pay rise to protect recruitment, the defence minister, Tobias Ellwood, has said. Tobias Ellwood says more than 2.5% of GDP needed to cover pay, new jets and equipment.

Such a move would cost hundreds of millions of pounds over several years, with the minister suggesting the UK would need to spend more than 2.5% of gross domestic product (GDP) to cover pay rises, as well as new jets, warships and other equipment.

The independent body that advises the government on pay for members of the army, navy and air force has provided its recommendations for the 2018-19 pay round. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said an announcement would be made in due course, but the Times reported on Monday that the armed forces pay review body had recommended an increase of about 3%. (The Guardian News, 28th May 2018)

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