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Hammond is challenged on whether he could live on £297-a-week hospital cleaner’s wage as he insists public sector workers earn 10% MORE than private sector

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Philip Hammond was challenged over whether he could live on a hospital cleaner’s wage today as he faced a backlash over claims he said public sector workers were ‘overpaid’.

Philip Hammond was challenged over whether he could live on a hospital cleaner’s wage today as he faced a backlash over claims he said public sector workers were ‘overpaid’.

The Chancellor refused to say whether he had made the incendiary comment at a Cabinet meeting last week.

But he defiantly stuck to his guns by pointing to the comparatively generous pensions and benefits enjoyed by state employees. He also insisted the government would stick to its task of tackling the deficit, warning that splurging on big salary rises would risk jobs.

However, he was confronted with a £297-a-week pay slip from a hospital cleaner during the appearance on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show.