- Chancellor is said to have told Cabinet public sector workers are ‘overpaid’
- Mr Hammond pointed out they still earn more than private sector counterparts
- But he was confronted with a £297 a week pay slip for a hospital cleaner
- Government is under intense pressure to ease the 1 per cent cap on pay rises
Philip Hammond was challenged over whether he could live on a hospital cleaner’s wage today as he faced a backlash over claims he said public sector workers were ‘overpaid’.
The Chancellor refused to say whether he had made the incendiary comment at a Cabinet meeting last week.
But he defiantly stuck to his guns by pointing to the comparatively generous pensions and benefits enjoyed by state employees. He also insisted the government would stick to its task of tackling the deficit, warning that splurging on big salary rises would risk jobs.
However, he was confronted with a £297-a-week pay slip from a hospital cleaner during the appearance on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show.
The Chancellor (pictured on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show today) is said to have made the incendiary comment at the gathering of the Cabinet last week.