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Five-year pay freeze pain for government ministers

By Oliver Wright

Government ministers will face a further five years of frozen pay, David Cameron has announced, insisting that the Cabinet "will all play (its) part" in balancing the books.

The move will save £4m by 2020 and the Prime Minister said it sent a clear signal that he was intent on showing that his "all in this together" approach continued. However, some fear that the move is designed to off-set criticism of further cuts to the welfare budget that could be announced as early as George Osborne's emergency budget in July.

Cabinet ministers currently receive a salary of £134,565, including their pay as MPs. The Prime Minister is paid a total of £142,500.

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