Govt: Pay rises will lead to 'larger debts for our children'

If public sector workers are given a bigger pay rise than the 1% promised by the Government, it will lead to "debts ever larger for our children and our grandchildren to have to pay off", a senior minister said.

Francis Maude told Good Morning Britain "pay restraint is essential" if the UK ever wants to get its deficit down.

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'One million' public sector workers go on strike

Over a million public sector workers are taking industrial action against the Government in a series of rows over pay, pensions, jobs, conditions and spending cuts, according to union leaders - a figure disputed by the Government.