Chris Leslie MP, Labour’s Shadow Treasury Minister, speaking ahead of George Osborne’s speech, said:
“How can George Osborne claim he wants to make work pay when the Government is considering cutting or freezing the minimum wage? His speech will be exposed as totally empty rhetoric if he fails to rule out such a move.
“Working people are already worse off under this Government because prices are rising faster than wages. And on top of that figures from the independent IFS show that the average family will be £891 worse off this year because of tax and benefit changes since 2010.
“While millionaires get a huge tax cut from George Osborne this week, he is making millions of people on middle and low incomes pay the price for his economic failure.”<div>