Kay Burley ‘showing BBC how to conduct interviews’ after intense grilling of minister

Kay Burley grills Paul Scully on supposed pay rises

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Kay Burley grilled Paul Scully after he refused to say whether public sector workers will get an above-inflation pay rise next year. Ahead of the Budget on Wednesday, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced he is ending the year-long public sector pay freeze. He said the level of any increase would depend on the recommendations of the pay review bodies when they report in the spring.

Speaking on Sky News, he declined to say whether they would be above the rate of inflation at the time.

“That will be determined by the pay review bodies. The Chancellor is keen to give people a rise,” he said.

“They will then take that into account as they look to what should be an appropriate rise for the public sector, given the public finances.

“I can’t pre-empt what they are going to do. We will see where we are come next April when the review bodies have reported.”

Peter Stefanovic took to Twitter to praise the interview.

He said: “A masterclass from Kay Burley in how to hold Government to account as she tears a part the hype and spin to reveal the Governments latest real terms pay cut when interviewing Business Minster Paul Scully.”

Andy Coleman added: “Kay Burley, showing BBC how to conduct interviews.”.

Mark Wardell also wrote: “Sadly, Sky are doing a better job on making our government accountable than the BBC.”

Lance Forman warns about threat of inflation to UK economy

Mr Scully acknowledged the economy is going through a “difficult time” in terms of cost-of-living pressures in an interview with the BBC.

He said a 6.6 percent increase in the national living wage announced ahead of the Budget on Wednesday was part of a “suite of measures” designed to support people on low incomes.

Mr Scully told BBC Breakfast: “We know there are pressures. We know this is a difficult time for the economy, for people in the country in terms of the cost of living.

“The 6.6 percent increase is quite a substantial increase of the national living wage. It is still keeping us on target to end low pay by 2024.

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“But it has to be balanced by businesses themselves because if we choke off the recovery then that’s going to reduce the number of jobs, reduce the number of opportunities for people on low pay.”

Millions of workers are in line for a Budget pay rise as the Chancellor announced the UK’s economy is “firmly back on track” after the coronavirus pandemic.

Rishi Sunak has confirmed he will scrap the year-long public sector pay freeze in his fiscal statement on Wednesday, paving the way for a possible wage increase next year for those such as teachers, nurses, police, and armed forces personnel.

According to the latest available data from the Office for National Statistics, there were 5.68 million public sector workers registered June.

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