83 percent of people want Boris to appoint a separate Minister of Cost of Life
His promise that he is “ready to take further action” comes at a time when growing expectations are growing that measures to support families struggling with rapid inflation and unprecedented rising electricity bills are emerging.
An exclusive Techne poll shows that 83 percent of people want Boris Johnson to appoint a special minister of the cost of living – against only 10 percent. Ninety percent of those over the age of 64 want to see such a minister in place.
In the latest step to combat rising costs, the government has announced that prescription fees will be frozen for the first time in 12 months.
The Conservative Party is stepping up pressure on bold measures to resolve the crisis.
Mr Sunak told the Sunday Express: “The global challenges we are facing are constantly changing and I have always said I am ready to take further action if we get more information about the pressures we are likely to face later this year . Rest assured, I live in the face of the challenges people face, and I try to do my best to help where I can. ”
Caroline Abrahams of Age of the UK said the prospect of further price increases is now “horrifying” for older people, “because they just can’t cut any more”. She warned of the danger of “deep difficulties that we have not seen in this country for many years.”
She said: “We therefore call on the government to urgently increase benefits and the state pension in line with inflation to help all the poor – regardless of age – who would otherwise be in serious trouble as prices continue to rise.”
It is believed that the Chancellor organized a series of “round tables” with conservatives. In the past, he has held similar meetings before preparing major financial statements. One MP said Downing Street was particularly “receptive” to Tory MPs ’views at the moment.
Former Minister of Labor and Pensions Stephen Crabbe welcomed the great support of the Minister of Cost of Living.
He said: “I am encouraged but not surprised by these results. People all over the country know how difficult it is for many families. ”
“They know there is no magic wand here, but they want to see real leadership and determination from the government. A minister focused solely on ensuring a cost of living plan will help focus. ”
Robert Halfon, who heads the Education Selection Committee, said he “warmly supports” the appointment of the Minister of Cost of Living. He said he wanted the minister to “have giant scissors” so that he or she could go through government departments and “reduce the cost of living.”
Mr. Halfon also wants to create a new body that will assess the impact of each domestic policy on the cost of living and develop new ways to help the population.
Mike Wood, a Conservative MP from Dudley South, said: “The appointment of a minister to lead this vital issue will send a strong message that helping find sustainable and effective solutions is a top priority for this government.”
Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen said the cost-of-living minister could play a useful role in tackling the country’s problems, but said “it should be a big striker” that the Treasury’s ear had.
North West Leicestershire MPs want to take action to resolve the crisis before the break-up of parliament in July.
“Measures must be taken before the summer holidays,” he said.
He wants to reduce money in the form of fuel duties, potential VAT cuts and the suspension of green fees on gas and electricity bills.
The push comes at a time when charities are sounding the alarm bell about the plight of families.
Lynn Perry, executive director of Barnardo’s children’s charity, warned: “The cost of living crisis is getting worse every day. Families who previously had to choose between heating or food are increasingly unable to afford either, and nearly two-thirds of our staff at the forefront have reported giving children and young people food over the past year, fearing otherwise in which case they will remain hungry. “
Dennis Reed, director of Silver Voices, a company that advocates for the needs of senior citizens, warned: “More seniors are falling into poverty because of the cost of living crisis, which campaign participants say is reducing rather than leveling the country.”
He said they are also concerned that the government will be forced to cut the utilities on which they depend.
Carl Williams of the Center for Policy’s influential think tank called on all government agencies to “compile a list of fees they currently charge citizens and ask if they are really needed,” and support measures to reduce the cost of childcare.
He added that “planning reforms and increasing domestic energy production” will have “a long way to go in making Britain resilient to future global events, protecting households across the country and improving the well-being of all”.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak made his spring statement in parliament in March
The government has sparked controversy, setting a goal to cut up to 91,000 jobs in the civil service to save money.
The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) has warned of strikes and will meet with government officials this week to say that delays in issuing passports and driving licenses will worsen if staff numbers are reduced.
Professor Len Shackleton of the Institute of Economics warns: “The culling of civil servants is necessary, but it should only be the beginning of the government’s attempts to cut government spending and allow us to reduce taxes. The £ 3.5 billion saving is a drop in the ocean – last year the government spent more than £ 1 trillion.
Former Cabinet Minister Damian Green stressed the need to reform the civil service, saying: “I am in favor of the civil service being more streamlined, but it also needs to be more efficient.
Reducing the number where we can should be mixed with dismantling failures such as the passport office and DVLA ”.
Marc Francois, a conservative and a member of the powerful committee on public accounts, insisted on tax cuts.
He said: “We already have a ‘minister for living expenses’ – he is called the chancellor of finance. Fortunately, he is also able to cut taxes, for example, on domestic electricity bills, which many Tory supporters would now like to see, and the sooner the better. ”
The Tory correspondent expects that “an extraordinary budget in everything but the name” is already on the way, and warned that the government may look contradictory, saying: “If we are thinking of reducing taxes now, why have we increased them? [in the spring statement] if many in the party did not want to? “
Labor claims that by 2024, “a typical average-wage worker will still see a combined national insurance and income tax rate of up to 32.25 percent.”
Tuesday’s debate on the fight against rising cost of living will closely follow signals that help is coming.
Former Minister Sir John Hayes suggested that VAT could be cut on various items of household spending, and argued that restoring the tax rate of 10 pence would be “a very effective way to help people in low-paid jobs”. He also believes that “Google and the Amazons of this world should make a greater contribution.”
Mike Brewer of the Resolution Foundation warned that “bold” support is needed if “average earnings this year fall by about £ 1,200.”
Insisting on the support of low- and middle-income families who are at the sharp end of rising cost pressures, he said: “The most effective way to do this is to increase benefits such as Universal Credit and the state pension, which should be from next spring to this fall, or even earlier if possible. ”
“It will provide significant financial support to the millions of affected families and curb poverty growth without any long-term costs to the Treasury.”
Rachel Reeves, the shadow chancellor of Labor, said: “Conservatives need to lift their heads out of the sand, stop dealing with themselves and act now that the cost of living crisis.
[Anything] less than urgently coming up with an emergency budget – including a one-time income tax on oil and gas producers – to help ease the pressure of the cost of living crisis is a failure of this conservative government. ”
A government spokeswoman said: “We understand that people are struggling with rising prices, and while we cannot protect everyone from the global challenges we face, we are supporting British families in moving to the coming months through a support package of £ 22 billion. this financial year ”.
“The prime minister has asked ministers across the government to focus on doing their utmost to help as a matter of priority, including increasing the use of available support.”
Rishi Sunak promises to help overcome the cost of living crisis
Post by Chancellor Rishi Sunak to Sunday Express Readers
Meeting people across the country to listen to their concerns and understand the challenges they face is a vital part of my job.
Just this week I was in Ipswich, Stoke-on-Trent, South London and Darlington talking to workers and small business owners from all walks of life.
I hear the same thing from many people – times are tough and household budgets are stretched due to rising prices.
I want to be honest with Sunday Express readers. These are problems that governments around the world are struggling with, and I can’t make them all go away.
But we do a lot to help people save more hard-earned money. Millions of families will receive £ 350 each this year to pay their electricity bills, the average worker will save £ 330 because we’re raising national insurance thresholds in just a few weeks, and we’ve made changes to universal credit that will allow save more than a million families around £ 1,000 a year.
And for those most affected, we have doubled the size of the Household Support Fund to £ 1 billion – people can turn to their Council for funds to help them pay for basic necessities.
The global challenges we face are constantly changing, and I have always said that I am ready to take further action if we get more information about the pressures we may face later this year.
Rest assured, I live in front of the challenges people face and I strive to do my best to help where I can.