Boris Johnson has been urged to get to grips with the cost of living crisis ravaging families across the country. Tory MP Robert Halfon called on t
Boris Johnson has been urged to get to grips with the cost of living crisis ravaging families across the country. Tory MP Robert Halfon called on the Prime Minister and Rishi Sunak to set out an “urgent package” to support those struggling. He said that the billions of pounds saved from the overseas aid budget could be poured into this cost of living fund.
Speaking to LBC’s Andrew Pierce, Mr Halfon said: “I have residents trying to feed and clothe their families.
“What I would like the Government to do, whether it is Boris or the Chancellor, is set out an urgent package – and not wait until March – to set out how they will deal with it.
“They need to focus on the energy bills by reducing the green levies. They are 25 percent of our electricity bills.
“We have petrol prices cost to £1.50 at the pumps – yet the global oil price is going down.”
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The Tory MP continued: “We have just saved four billion pounds by cutting the overseas aid budget.
“Why not put that into a special fund and re-distribute that with tax cuts for the lower paid?
“If we’re going to make cuts to overseas aid, why not use that money to give tax relief to the lower paid?
“These things could make a difference. We have to get back to cutting taxes for the lower paid, and cutting energy bills.
But Mr Kwarteng said the Government is “trying to work out the best way to deal with what is a really, really serious problem”.
Emma Pinchbeck, chief executive of Energy UK, the trade body for suppliers, said bills could increase again in October after a predicted 50 percent jump for millions of households in the spring.
The Social Market Foundation think tank has proposed cash payments of up to £500 would be the best answer to the cost-of-living crisis.
An increasing number of Conservative MPs are warning the Government that the 1.25 percent rise in National Insurance will hammer families at a time when they are also being hit by sharp rises in energy bills, council tax, inflation and mortgage rates.