Official figures show UK Government proposals to introduce regional difference in public sector pay are 'flawed' and should be dropped, according to the Welsh Finance Minister. Jane Hutt says the figures undermine claims that there's a large gap between pay in private and public sectors in Wales.
In a written ministerial statement, Ms Hutt says the research by the Office of National Statistics shows that there is no definitive way of estimating any such gap.
A Welsh Government source said:
Rachel Reeves MP, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury visited the Senedd for the first time today . She was in Cardiff to meet with business leaders and labour colleagues to campaign against proposals by the Westminister Government to bring in regional pay for public sector workers.
First Minister Carwyn Jones has addressed the final day of the TUC conference in Llandudno.
In his address, he attacked "UK Government austerity" and proposals to implement for regional pay
Our political reporter Owain Phillips looks at the key messages of his speech.
Nick Clegg has rebutted the suggestion of 'mixed messages' from his Cabinet colleagues over the issue of regional pay, insisting that they are "entirely consistent".
"There isn't a question of any regional pay" he said, talking to Political Editor Adrian Masters this morning. Mr Clegg said that any changes to public sector pay, such as the "local facing market-based pay" being studied by pay review bodies, would be "done sensitively".
"Nothing's being imposed from above, and nothing's any different to how it was under Labour when they introduced local-facing pay in the courts service" he said.
The First Minister Carwyn Jones says he's not convinced by Vince Cable's reassurances on regional pay. The Business Secretary claims it's a scare story that the UK government will impose low pay on public sector workers across Wales.
Business Secretary Vince Cable has said the idea that the UK government is planning to impose lower pay rates on public sector workers across Wales is a 'wild exaggeration' and that he would only support 'limited local arrangements'.
Mr Cable is visiting Welsh companies. It's been estimated that private sector workers in Wales receive 18% less than if they were in the public sector. The Conservative Chancellor, George Osborne, has asked NHS and teachers' pay review bodies to look at the the idea of regional variations in pay
The Chancellor has also told government departments that they can consider regional pay for their civil servants. But the Business Secretary, who's a Liberal Democrat, says that the UK coalition government has reached absolutely no agreement on regional pay at the moment.