Last week I was pleased to see the Government announce the biggest public sector pay rise in almost a decade, recognising the vital work that teachers, the police, our armed forces, prison officers, doctors and dentists do.

This means that this year an early career teacher will get a pay rise of £800. A typical police constable will see £760 a year more. The average soldier will get a £680 pay increase, plus a one-off payment of £300 this year.

This has only been possible because of our balanced approach to the public finances. Getting debt falling, while investing in our vital services and keeping taxes low.

We are backing businesses to help to grow our economy and pay the taxes which fund our public services.

The Government is creating an economy that works for everyone and as we successfully pay down debt and wipe-out the deficit it means we can reward those faithful servants of the public service with a pay rise that they deserve.