Unions hit back at health secretary for "digging in" despite inflation forecast indicating plan would result in real terms pay cut.
The chancellor has frozen pay below inflation for more than a million public sector workers.
One struggling single mother told us: "More than half of my earnings are going on bills and debt."
Increases just the beginning if Britain crashes out of EU, retailers warn.
South Africa's consumer inflation came out at 4.5% for April, up from 3.8% in March.
The fall in the value of the pound since Brexit sees cost of goods go up.
The UK’s inflation rate surged to a five-year high in September as rising food and transport costs upped the financial pressure
"Our fundamental, constitutional mandate is to protect the value of the currency in the interests of balanced and sustainable growth."