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Rishi Sonak UK Adviser, Effectively confirmed that this week’s spending review is likely to feature a wage freeze for many public sector workers in the country England, Saying it is “absolutely reasonable” to look at wage policy in the context of the economy affected by the Covid virus.

The prospect of a return to a wage freeze that lasted from 2010 to 2018 sparked outrage among opposition and union MPs, with TUC Secretary General Francis O’Grady describing the matter as “morally obscene and badly economical”.

Government sources have already raised the possibility of a wage freeze in Wednesday’s spending review, which will cover only one year given the uncertain state of the economy amid the coronavirus.

NHS England doctors and nurses are expected to be exempt.

When the chancellor was asked to confirm a wage freeze, she told Sophie Ridge in Sky Sunday: “I can’t comment on future wage policy before the spending review, but what I would say is, when we launched the spending review, I said to departments that when we think about settlements it will be reasonable. Just think of those in the context of the broader economic climate. ”This is a reasonable thing to do.

“Second, I think it would also be fair to think about what happens to wages, jobs, and hours across the economy, when we think about the right thing to do in the public sector.”

When asked whether this does not rule out a wage freeze, Senk said, “You can ask me any question and say, do you exclude it or rule it. When we launched the spending review, we said when we think about the public what sector salaries should be made in the context of the overall economic climate. That makes perfect sense. “

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France will start easing restrictions in the coming weeks

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Seems like an accumulation of illegal delirium. Invitations are passed verbally to trusted people. Minimum information – time, directions – is quietly given appeals to discretion. Once everyone has gathered in a barn on a remote farm – “out of prying eyes,” says the organizer – it kicks in.

This is not a delirium, but the English Church service is under lockdown, and the organizer is the Protestant pastor. Christians who will meet illegally in western England on Sunday morning – as they did the last two Sundays – will pray and read from scriptures, sing hymns and listen to a sermon.

“We have provided secret services since this lockdown began,” the priest told The Observer, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “It feels strange for us to behave this way. People said it looks like an underground church in China.

“The fact that we should sneak out to worship God, fearing criminal prosecution, is disturbing. But we are doing what we have to do.”

According to church leaders, the Observer spoke of an increasing number of congregations breaking the law in order to worship together, an activity prohibited under current restrictions. Some move to different places, while others meet in secret in ordinary church buildings.

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