Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the pay boost recognises the “vital contribution” of doctors. teachers and police during the coronavirus crisis.
The Chancellor said he hopes offering a 50 per cent discount to diners in restaurants will remind Brits that "we used to love going out".
“We will not be defined by this crisis but by our response to it,” the Chancellor said as he set out his plan for economic recovery.
Coronavirus spending meant government borrowing reached £62.1 billion in April, the highest figure for any month on record, new data shows.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced that the government will continue to help pay wages for four more months.
The shadow chancellor said the spending plan was “nowhere near enough” and, on some issues, went “significantly in the wrong direction”.
The Chancellor said the government was “working around the clock” to ensure the public remains “safe, healthy and economically secure”.
Follow live updates from talkRADIO as Chancellor Rishi Sunak presents the first Budget of Boris Johnson's government.
Rishi Sunak is expected to announce a plan to repair 50 million potholes across the country as he delivers his first Budget today.
The ex-Chancellor explains why he felt forced to quit Cabinet, making an apparent jibe at senior Downing Street adviser Dominic Cummings.
Jacob Rees-Mogg has hit back against claims from the Chancellor that last night's confidence vote would "flush out extremists" in the party.