Chancellor Philip Hammond is filthy rich, has had 3 pay rises during the longest wage suppression in real terms since records began and he has the cheek to call nurses selfish?
This Top Tory enjoys a rent-free life in homes paid for with taxpayer cash, while also pocketing £10,000 a month renting out his city townhouse!
As millions of public sector workers he claims are “overpaid” struggle to meet household bills, Philip Hammond enjoys a rent-free life in homes paid for with taxpayer cash.
Chancellor lives rent-free in Downing Street (Image: PA)
Tycoon Mr Hammond was last night accused of being out of touch with the public sector staff, including cleaners, nurses, teachers and 999 crews, he laughingly claims are paid too much, despite his cap of 1% on wage rises. And the hypocritical Tory sparked even more fury by declaring “there isn’t a free lunch” – despite the two homes he does not pay for.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “He is living on a different planet. “Public sector workers have had frozen wages for the past seven years.”
The union’s assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said: “The Chancellor’s remarks show he is completely out of touch. After seven years of a punishing pay cap, all public sector employees need a pay rise.
“The care worker hurrying from house to house doesn’t feel overpaid, nor does the hospital cleaner working round the clock, or the teaching assistant going the extra mile for the children.
“They are all low paid, all vital, and all in need of a pay rise now.”
The Royal College of Nursing added: “Nurses across the UK are being forced to take second jobs, rely on family handouts or even turn to foodbanks.
“It would be insulting of the Government to claim these people earn too much.”
But Mr Hammond, who earns £67,505 as Chancellor on top of his MP salary of £74,000, moved rent-free into 11 Downing Street last year after he was promoted by Theresa May.