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Philip Hammond: Public servants are paid 'premium'

Philip Hammond: Public servants are paid 'premium'

Business
Philip Hammond said public sector workers receive a 10% "premium" over the private sector, as he defended the government's pay policy.The chancellor told Andrew Marr, the figure was a "simple fact" once pension entitlement is taken into account.He would not comment on reports that he said public servants were "overpaid", adding that ministers should not be discussing private cabinet meetings.John McDonnell said Labour would end the 1% cap on pubic sector pay rises.The shadow chancellor said his party had set aside £4bn on an annual basis, to bring pay in line with inflation.Reality Check: Is public sector pay higher?Pay rises for most public sector workers are set by independent pay review bodies, but have effectively been capped at 1% each year since 2013.Before that, there was a two-year
Leyton Orient winding-up petition dismissed at High Court after creditors paid in full

Leyton Orient winding-up petition dismissed at High Court after creditors paid in full

Sports
Leyton Orient's Matchroom StadiumMonday, June 12, 2017A winding-up petition against Leyton Orient has been dismissed at a High Court hearing.Controversial owner Francesco Becchetti was given until Monday to pay off debts or sell the club following a previous hearing in March.A lawyer representing Orient told Registrar Sally Barber that all debts had been paid at a Bankruptcy & Companies Court hearing in London and she dismissed all bids to have the club wound up.Another judge had examined the case in March.Registrar Nicholas Briggs had adjourned applications.Bosses at an events management firm had told Registrar Briggs they were owed about £18,000.He had said he would adjourn Central Circle Event Management's application after hearing of plans to inject £1million into the O's.The judge