Public sector workers have begun a 24-hour strike over changes to their pensions. Unions say around two million workers are taking part in today's action - causing disruption to public transport, hospitals, courts and council services.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, told Today presenter Evan Davis that "I completely understand that the entire country faces a difficult time", but the pensions offer "is a generous one".
Speaking a day after his Autumn Statement, Mr Osborne said that the UK faces "hard choices" about the economy.
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