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The government has been forced to take steps to stop Agenda for Change falling foul of minimum wage law.

The band 1/band 2 entry point will be topped up to £9.65ph to ensure AfC remains legally compliant. However, ministers have said this should be seen as an advance on this year’s pay review outcome – expected sometime after May.

As part of our continued campaigning on pay, we will push to embed at least the real Living Wage (currently £9.90) into NHS pay, as is already the case in Scotland and Wales.

Discussions with the Northern Ireland administration about this are ongoing.

Read Staff Council guidance on application of the top-up