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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