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Esther McVey: 'More women in work, wages going up'

Minister for Employment Esther McVey has praised the news of average earnings rising above the rate of inflation for the first time in six years.

She said: "More young people are in work, more women are in work, wages are going up, and more and more businesses are hiring - and it's a credit to them that Britain is working again."

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Esther McVey to appear on The Agenda tonight

Employment minister Esther McVey will appear on The Agenda tonight at 10:35pm Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Employment minister Esther McVey will join Tom Bradby on The Agenda tonight.

Also on the panel will be the writer Jeanette Winterson, comedian Rory McGrath and the Times columnist Philip Collins.

They will be discussing Maria Miller, the welfare cap and holidays abroad versus "staycations".

The Agenda with Tom Bradby is on ITV tonight at 10:35pm.

Get involved in the debate during the show using the hashtag #theagenda and following @agendaitv.

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Esther McVey promoted to employment minister

Conservative MP Esther McVey has been promoted from minister for the disabled to employment minister.

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Esther McVey has been appointed as Minister of State (Employment) at @dwpgovuk #reshuffle

She was said to have "looked happy" as she left Downing Street.

Benefit changes aimed at 'understanding disability'

The minister for disabled people, Esther McVey, said changes to the benefit system are about "understanding disability in the 21st century" and adapting a system which will work better in the future.

Esther McVey, Minister for disabled people Credit: Daybreak

Speaking about the Personal Independence Payment plans, Mrs McVey said: "What we've got to do is ensure the billions of pounds that we spend, really are focused on those people who need it the most."

She added that independent assessments would be carried out along the way, to make sure the Government is "getting it right."

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