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Commenting on today’s (Monday) announcement that the minimum wage will be increased to £9.50 next April, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

"With Britain in the midst of a cost-of-living crisis boosting the minimum wage is vital.

"But the government must set its sights higher. We need a £10 minimum wage now, and we need ministers to cancel the cut to universal credit.

"This increase won't come into effect until next spring by which time many household budgets will have been hammered by rising bills and the universal credit cut.”

On reports that the Chancellor will end the public sector pay freeze in the spending review, she added:

“The pay freeze won't be over unless the Chancellor fully funds pay rises above the rising cost of living. Otherwise, he will force departments to choose between pay cuts or service cuts.”

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