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PUBLIC SPENDING PAY BILL TO BE FROZEN AGAIN

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Chancellor Kenneth Clarke is to impose a freeze on the public sector pay bill for the fourth year running as he tri...
Chancellor Kenneth Clarke is to impose a freeze on the public sector pay bill for the fourth year running as he tries to cut up to £5bn from existing spending plans, reports The Times (p1).

Mr Clarke will also tell the Cabinet today he expects Whitehall departments to reduce their running costs by 2-3%.

In the Commons yesterday, the chancellor dismissed a leaked treasury document suggesting a radically reduced role for the state into the next century as the work of 'kids in the office'.
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