Public Sector Pay

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th October 2017.

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Photo of Elizabeth Truss Elizabeth Truss The Chief Secretary to the Treasury 12:00 am, 24th October 2017

My right hon. Friend is right. The fact is that we were left a legacy by a previous Government who spent money that they did not have. We have had to get the public finances back on track. We do recognise that there are areas in which we need to make sure that we can recruit and retain high-quality public sector workers, but we also need to make sure that we have a thriving private sector economy. That is why we have ended up with the lowest unemployment for 40 years.