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Good morning. Tomorrow Rishi Sunak, the chancellor, will announce his mixed finances and spending review, however the torrent of pre-announcements continues, and in a single day the Treasury has stated that Sunak will finish the public sector pay freeze. Here is our in a single day story by my colleagues Jessica Elgot and Rowena Mason.

As the report explains, particulars are sketchy at this level. Sunak isn’t asserting pay awards for public sector employees – these will solely come after the unbiased pay review our bodies have made their suggestions, within the traditional means – and ending the pay freeze for public sector employees (or some public sector employees – there have been exemptions for the low paid, and for NHS employees) isn’t the identical as awarding a real-terms improve (that might overshoot inflation).

This was confirmed by Paul Scully, the business minister on Millbank obligation for the federal government, who in interview this morning refused to decide to public sector employees getting a pay rise above inflation. Asked if the pay will increase next year would be greater than inflation, he replied:


That will be decided by the pay review our bodies. The chancellor is eager to offer folks an increase.

They will then take that into consideration as they give the impression of being to what ought to be an acceptable rise for the public sector, given the public funds.

I can’t pre-empt what they’ll do. We will see the place we’re come next April when the review our bodies have reported.

Here is the agenda for the day.

9.30am: Academics and officers from the Department of Health and Social Care give proof to the Commons science committee concerning the UK’s capacity to cope with international illness outbreaks.

9.30am: Prof David Cunningham, chair of the Association of Cancer Physicians, and different specialists give proof to the Commons well being committee about most cancers providers.

11.30am: Downing Street holds its foyer briefing.

11.30am: Liz Truss, the overseas secretary, takes questions within the Commons.

2.30pm: Ben Wallace, the defence secretary, provides proof to the Commons defence committee on the withdrawal from Afghanistan.

2.30pm: The NFU and different farming and meals trade commerce our bodies give proof to the Commons setting committee about labour shortages.

2.30pm: Lord Frost, the Brexit minister, provides proof to the Lords European affairs committee.

Afternoon: Peers debate Commons amendments to the setting invoice, together with the vote overturning a Lords bid to guard rivers from sewage.

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