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The Chancellor, Phillip Hammond, has defended the Government's pay
policy, saying public sector workers get a 10% premium over the private
sector once pensions are taken into account.
Mr Hammond would not comment on reports today that he said public
workers were "overpaid", but pointed out ministers
should not be discussing private cabinet meetings.
Our political correspondent Jonathan Blake reports.
The man of the moment, for perhaps the wrong reasons. Philip Hammond
has, for the second time in a week, found himself defending private
comments in public. The Sunday Times reports that Junior cabinet meeting
on Tuesday, the Chancellor used language that the paper says left
colleagues thunderstruck. Mr Hammond reportedly said public sector
workers are overpaid when you take into account pensions. Would he deny
that? I've told you, I'm not going to talk about what comes out of a
private cabinet meeting. Five of your colleagues have. They shouldn't
because cabinet meetings are supposed to be a private space in
which we have a serious discussion. On the Chancellor. You would expect
me to put a discussion about public sector pay in the context of the
fiscal and economic situation that we face. Prison officers, teachers
and nurses are among 5 million public sector workers whose annual
pay rises are capped at 1%. That is below inflation, meaning in real
terms many have seen their pay cut. At the general election, Labour
promised to scrap the pay cap but to public sector workers deserve a pay
rise above inflation? I think they do but that will be up to the
bodies. What I won't be doing, which this Government has done, is right
to the review bodies and say, yes, you can review the paper you can
only go to 1%, which effectively means a pay cut for most people. The
Chancellor's position on public sector pay is being used by some of
his colleagues to paint him as out of touch, and according to the man
himself, by those who disagree with him about Brexit. If you want my
opinion, some of the noise is generated by people who are not
happy with the agenda that I have over the last few weeks tried to
advance of ensuring that we achieve a Brexit which is focused on
protecting our economy, protecting our jobs and making sure that we can
have continued rising living standards in the future. As protests
over public sector pay continue, the Chancellor says ministers should be
getting on with the job but the Prime Minister's authority is
damaged after the election result and ministers do not seem to be
invalid for doing as they are told. -- do not seem to be in the mood for
doing as they are told. The Chancellor also said
it was "absolutely clear" that businesses were holding off
investment, when possible, because of uncertainty over the UK's
Brexit negotiations. Mr Hammond said companies wanted
more clarity about Britain's future relationship with Europe -
and that needed to happen as early as possible to boost business
and consumer confidence. Tougher sentences for people
convicted of acid attacks are to be considered as part
of a Government review. The latest official figures suggest
there were more than 400 assaults involving corrosive substances
in England and Wales Here's our home affairs
correspondent, Danny Shaw. This is 21-year-old Resham Khan
after acid was thrown at her through a car window
while she waited at traffic lights. Her cousin Jameel Muhktar also
suffered severe burns in the attack in east
London last month. A man has been charged with grievous
bodily harm with intent. Attacks like this appear
to be on the increase. Police provided data for acid
attacks between last November 408 incidents were recorded
by police in 39 forces. The most commonly used substances
were bleach, ammonia and acid. One in five offenders
was younger than 18, where the age of the
suspect was known. The Home Secretary, Amber Rudd,
has now ordered a review to ensure that everything
possible is being done Life sentences in the most serious
cases are already available. The Home Office wants perpetrators
to feel the full force of the law. A lot of victims have said that
really their life has been ruined, so why aren't
there life sentences? So to really make sure
that the whole system really responds urgently and thoroughly
to this appalling crime, and at the heart of everything we do
must be the victim. The review will also examine
whether the 1972 Poisons Act should Retailers will be consulted
about measures to restrict sales of Customers may have to provide
proof of their age. In the latest attacks on Thursday
night, five moped riders in London were allegedly targeted
in the space of 90 minutes. A 16-year-old boy has been
charged and will appear in Roger Federer will attempt to become
the first man to win eight Wimbledon titles when he takes
on Croatia's Marin Cilic The 35-year-old from Switzerland
will be in his 11th Live to our sports correspondent,
David Ornstein, Seven wins that edged Roger
Federer's name into Wimbledon folklore but he wants to go where no
man has gone before, number eight. In the modern era, Pete Sampras is
the only men's player to have matched Federer's tally of seven.
You conceive that are going through his preparations earlier. If he gets
the eighth title he will set himself into a league of his own and also
become the oldest men's singles champion in the open era. He is up
against Marin Cilic, the correction with such chilling power. He should
have beaten Federer in the quarterfinals last year and
squandered a two set lead and three match points but Federer is expected
to win this one. There will also be some British success in the mixed
doubles, with Heather Watson going up against Jamie Murray, but you
suspect that the day will be dominated by Federer.
It's being called New York's summer of hell - the delays for tens
of thousands of commuters as urgent repairs are carried out
at Penn Station, the busiest transport hub in America.
Donald Trump has promised to be an infrastructure president,
but New Yorkers are complaining he's not doing enough for them,
It's a city of shimmering skyscrapers and evermore
Where commuter trains move in slow motion,
lines that power them are more than 100 years old.
The country's busiest rail route in the Northeast corridor relies
on bridges based on designs popularised in Britain
And this is America's fastest train, which slows to an embarrassing five
miles per hour on the approach to New York.
Routinely, they come to a complete halt because track closures reduce
this network to a single usable line.
It is horribly embarrassing, especially when I have
It is almost a third world country when it comes to infrastructure.
The rail tunnels into New York are in such a bad state of repair
it is feared they may be forced to close before new ones are built.
We got a rare glimpse inside the nerve centre of the rail
network underneath Penn Station and it felt like
The tunnel was opened to service when the Wright Brothers switched
from their model A flyer to the model B flyer.
It is definitely time to build a new tunnel.
New York's Penn Station has been hit by a series of derailments,
earning it the nickname Pain Station, and that has prompted
the urgent repair programme of the so-called summer of hell.
There was absolutely a crisis of infrastructure here.
Everything behind me relies on tunnels that
They flooded during Superstorm Sandy and they are starting to go
There is really a possibility that we are going to lose
the connection under the Hudson river for the Northeast corridor,
and then see what happens when almost 100,000 people every day
have to find a new way to get to and from work.
Donald Trump has promised to be the infrastructure president,
but the recent spending bill that he pushed through Congress
actually reduced funding for two major transportation projects -
the tunnels and improvements to the subway system -
More than 55,000 bridges across the country are
Making America great again requires modernising
You can see more on all of today's stories on the BBC News Channel.
Good afternoon. Yesterday was quite a grey day across the UK with some
rain but today things are brightening up from the North and
that is where the best of the sunny spells are this afternoon. In the
southern half of the UK, we have thicker cloud and that is bringing