Focus on pay restraint distorts Rishi Sunak's spending review


The chancellor is targeting savings from departments that will need more funding not less

The government has embarked on a spending review across Whitehall that the chancellor says must include pay restraint.

Rishi Sunak, in a letter to his cabinet colleagues, spells out his priorities for Whitehall departments and in among the calls for Britain to become a “scientific superpower”, improve public services and tackle crime, is the demand for a clampdown on pay.

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