RISHI Sunak and the UK Government will be allocating around £30 million to the “Festival of Brexit” when the spending review is announced tomorrow.

The £29m for the Brexit party, officially “Festival UK”, is part of the £152m pot for post-Covid events, largely planned for 2022.

This latest is just another instalment in the total £120m bill for the Brexit festival, which will be footed by the taxpayer.

Officials say the festival will “boost national pride and celebrate what it means to be British”.

The pot also includes £5m for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. February 2022 will mark 70 years that Elizabeth has sat on the throne.

The bulk of the £152m is made up of the £118m to be put towards the Commonwealth Games, which are due to be hosted in Birmingham in July and August 2022.

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The news has caused outrage, coming in the same spending review as a freeze on wages for those working in the public sector, and a cut to the planned increase of the “National Living Wage”.

Teachers, police, and armed forces are expected to be included in the public sector cuts, although NHS workers will reportedly be exempt.

The UK has 5.5 million public sector workers, 1.8 million of which work in the NHS.

In the private sector, the “National Living Wage” (which is just the minimum wage for people aged over 25 after a Tory rebrand) will be increased by 2%, instead of the planned 5.6%.

Currently at £8.72 per hour, this minimum wage was going to be raised to £9.21. Instead, it will be brought up to £8.90.

The unofficial UK "Living Wage", which is based on the cost of living and paid on a voluntary basis, currently sits at £9.30. It is £10.75 for people living in London. 

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Frances O’Grady, general secretary of the TUC, refused to rule out strike action over the cuts.

She told Sky News: "I am really conscious of the feeling out there but governments only seem to recognise the true value of labour when it’s withdrawn.

"Nobody can rule anything out at the moment.”

Speaking to the Times, she added: “Rowing back on this planned pay rise is no way to treat those who kept the country going through this pandemic.

“After their dedication through this crisis, the very least our low-paid key workers deserve is the pay rise they were promised.”

Yesterday, Ian Blackford called for a huge financial stimulus package to boost the UK out of the Covid crisis.

He warned that, without major investment, the UK was facing a "return to Tory austerity".