Cabinet ministers crank up pressure on Theresa May to ease austerity

Theresa May is under pressure to ease up on austerity, with senior members of her Cabinet calling for changes to the Government's policy on public sector pay, schools funding and university tuition fees.
Environment Secretary Michael Gove said the Government should listen to independent bodies that review public sector pay and accept their findings.
It comes a week after Labour attacked a government "shambles" for initially raising, then playing down hopes that the cap could be lifted.
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Mr Gove told the Sunday Times: "You've got to listen to the public sector pay review bodies.
"When they made recommendations on school teachers' pay I think I always accepted them.
"My colleagues who deal with these pay review bodies would want to respect the integrity of that process."
His intervention ties in with reports that Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is to demand a wage boost for NHS workers.
Mr Hunt wants an end to the 1% pay cap for nurses and other health workers, citing evidence from the Government's own NHS pay review body published in March, reports the Observer.
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Meanwhile, Education Secretary Justine Greening is calling for an extra £1bn to protect per pupil schools funding and will demand a statement in weeks, according to the Sunday Telegraph.
A Downing Street source said the Government was responding to the recommendations of public sector pay review bodies which are currently reporting to ministers "on a case-by-case basis".
The source said the pay cap was brought in to "deal with the mess we inherited from Labour" and acknowledged the "hard work and sacrifice" made by public sector workers, saying jobs had been protected and the deficit reduced by three-quarters.
The source also made clear there are no moves to change tuition fee policy after Mrs May's top aide, Damian Green, said Britain may need to have a national debate on the issue.
Student protestors gather for a march on Parliament at The University of London on December 9, 2010 in London, England.
Image:Damian Green says there may need to be 'a national debate' on student debt
Mr Green was answering questions after a speech calling for Tory modernisation to win over young metropolitan voters who back Labour, which promised to scrap tuition fees in the election and appeared to enjoy high levels support among young voters.
The First Secretary of State told the Bright Blue think-tank's conference on Saturday that the current system, with fees capped at £9,250 a year, allows UK universities to deliver high-quality courses and teaching.
But he also acknowledged that student debt was a "huge issue", and concluded: "It may well be that this is a national debate that we need to have."
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Mr Green was speaking about a mile away from an anti-austerity demonstration in central London.
Mr Corbyn used a speech to protesters in Parliament Square to attack the Tories for their "shambles" over the pay cap earlier in the week, linking the issue to the Grenfell Tower fire.
He told the crowd: "The utter hypocrisy of government ministers and others who queued up in the chamber over there in the House of Commons to heap praise on the emergency services, the following day to cut their wages by refusing to lift the pay cap.
"The hypocrisy is absolutely unbelievable."
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