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PM 'seeking top earners' pay restraint'

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Pay restraint among top earners in the public sector is said to be one of the key points expected in the Prime Minister’s address to the TUC in September.

Gordon Brown and the chancellor Alistair Darling are both scheduled to speak at the event in Liverpool.

According to the Independent, a “fight-back plan” to restore Labour fortunes in the opinion polls ahead of a general election being written in Downing Street.

It says the Government will accept that efficiency measures must be taken by all Whitehall departments as well as identifying real savings.

The paper adds that a programme is being drawn up to cut future debt without harming the frontline services on which people will depend.

Ministers will argue that Britain’s future cannot be built without “continued investment” safeguarded by Labour, combined with public service reforms.

The first signs of the new approach are anticipated at the TUC conference, when Mr Brown and the Chancellor are expected to call for pay restraint among top earners in the public sector - matching private sector belt-tightening.

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