Cabinet ministers headed to Stoke-on-Trent today for a day trip, while Boris Johnson urged Whitehall departments to renew their efforts to find ‘innovative’ ways to help Britain through the cost crisis. of livelihoods.
Their visit to Staffordshire comes amid grim economic warnings as official figures showed the UK economy plunged into the red in March.
It has fueled fears of a recession and Chancellor Rishi Sunak admitted this morning that the country is heading for “anxious times”.
There is already tremendous pressure on Mr. Sunak and his Treasury team to come up with another package of support for struggling households.
The chancellor gave a strong hint today that more help could come in August when the energy regulator updates the energy price ceiling again.
But despite the prospect of additional government measures this summer, it means Britain will have to wait many more weeks without additional aid.
Cabinet ministers are said to continue discussions on other ways to help Britain through the cost of living crisis, following the prime minister’s call for ‘innovative’ solutions.
Last month it emerged that during a cabinet brainstorming session, ministers put forward ideas such as introducing looser childcare rules, allowing Britons to get an MOT for their car only every two years and pushing for tariff-free imports of food.
But the suggestions also sparked claims that the government wants to tackle the cost of living crisis cheaply, without additional spending.
Boris Johnson urged Whitehall wards to renew efforts to find ‘innovative’ ways to help Britain through cost of living crisis
The Prime Minister has convened his ministers in Stoke-on-Trent for a day out. Their visit to Staffordshire comes amid grim economic warnings as official figures showed the UK economy plunged into the red in March
Cabinet ministers would continue discussions on other ways to help Britons through the cost of living crisis, following prime minister’s call for ‘innovative’ solutions
Chancellor Rishi Sunak strongly hinted more aid could come for Britons in August when energy regulator updates energy price cap again
Home Secretary Priti Patel and Brexit Options Minister Jacob Rees-Mogg joined their cabinet colleagues at Middleport Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent
Ahead of the Stoke road day, Downing Street said the Prime Minister had “urged on colleagues and departments of the Cabinet to step up their search for innovative ways to ease pressure on household finances” and “promote the support that is available but not widely used’ .’
Last month, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is said to have floated the idea of having vehicles checked less frequently, potentially saving drivers hundreds of pounds.
Mr Johnson apparently called for faster progress in reducing the required adult-to-child ratio in childcare facilities – something that could lower costs.
At the cabinet table, it was also thought to cut tariffs on imports of food not produced in the UK.
Last month, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is said to have floated the idea of having vehicles checked less often
The Prime Minister apparently called for faster progress in reducing the required adult-to-child ratio in childcare settings
Economic activity fell 0.1 percent month-on-month in March, while revised figures showed no progress in February
John Lewis chief urges faster action on cost of living crisis
The government must take action before the summer to tackle the cost of living, John Lewis’s boss has said.
Sharon White called on ministers to take the same ‘decisive action’ they took during the coronavirus pandemic amid rising energy prices.
Speaking of Peston, which airs on ITV at 10:45pm, Ms White said: ‘I think the time has definitely come for action, whether it’s an emergency budget or another vehicle.
“Like I said, I think we’re all very nervous about what’s going to happen in October, so if energy bills are potentially going to rise again by up to £1,000, it’s winter.”
Asked if she wanted action now, she said: ‘Yes, I think there should be action before the summer, so the decisive action we saw – I thought the government was doing incredibly well at pace and scale during Covid – I think that we need to see the same decisive action taken quickly and at the same pace, because otherwise… it will affect millions of households across the country.”
Ms White said action must be taken, even if it poses a temporary blow to public finances.
Households have seen energy bills rise, inflation is expected to hit 10 percent and benefits and wages have lagged behind price increases.
Cabinet ministers would also use their visit to Stoke to discuss the government’s new legislative agenda, as set out in this week’s Queen’s Speech.
The parliamentary decor has been criticized for not immediately supporting the cost of living.
Mr Sunak reiterated today that he would wait until the full impact of global energy price volatility is known before acting.
As the war in Ukraine continues to exacerbate the global energy crisis, Ofgem is expected to announce another massive hike in gas and electricity bills in August as Britain enters the fall and winter.
An energy chief this week predicted that annual bills could rise nearly £3,000 when an increased price cap comes into effect from October.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak said he is “ready” to do more to help households with their energy bills if the price cap is raised again.
“I’ve always said I’m willing to do more as we learn more about the situation,” he told Sky News.
‘Especially on energy prices, the price ceiling will protect people for a few more months.
“But I’ve said that if we have a clearer picture of what’s going on with the utility bill, we’re ready and I’m ready to support people further.”
The Financial Times reported that Mr Sunak was planning to announce a major new support package in August.
Ahead of the Cabinet’s day trip, Mr Johnson said: ‘I am delighted to bring Cabinet to Stoke-on-Trent today – a city that is the beating heart of the ceramics industry and an example of the highly skilled jobs that investment can bring bring to communities.
“This administration continues to deliver on the priorities of the people and address the issues that matter most to the public.
“This week we set out to set out how we will use new groundbreaking legislation to grow our economy to address the cost of living and increase opportunities for communities across the country.”
Source: New feed