Boris Johnson puts pressure on Rishi Sunak ­as cost-of-living crisis deepens

BORIS Johnson turned the screw on Rishi Sunak ­yesterday as pressure mounted for the Chancellor to do extra to ease the cost-of-living squeeze.

The PM echoed issues over rising costs when he declared: “We must respond.”

Boris Johnson turned the screw on Rishi Sunak ­as pressure mounted for the Chancellor to do more to ease the cost-of-living squeeze
Boris Johnson turned the screw on Rishi Sunak ­as pressure mounted for the Chancellor to do extra to ease the cost-of-living squeezeCredit: PA
The PM echoed concerns over Mr Sunak’s 'tin-eared' attitude to the crisis when he declared: 'We must respond'
The PM echoed issues over Mr Sunak’s ‘tin-eared’ perspective to the crisis when he declared: ‘We must respond’Credit: Getty

Yet Mr Sunak has refused to axe April’s National Insurance hike and warned of no “big bazooka” giveaways in Wednesday’s mini-budget.

He has £40billion extra within the coffers than anticipated, a lot of it a tax windfall from rising costs — and has bagged £2billion — £5million day by day — simply from VAT on gas.

Senior Tories need him to make use of the cash to assist households struggling to pay gas, power and meals payments.

Mr Johnson turned up the warmth, telling a celebration rally in Blackpool: “We’ve acquired to do every little thing we will to assist folks with the price of dwelling.

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“That means doing all the things that we’re doing — lifting the living wage, cutting council tax bills, helping with fuel costs, giving billions to councils and millions more to help people in particular hardship.”

Treasury sources say Mr Sunak is eyeing motion on gas responsibility and presumably lifting tax thresholds as rocketing inflation and battle in Ukraine threaten to pile on the agony.

But he desires to carry again amid uncertainty in regards to the future.

A supply mentioned: “The Spring Statement will be very policy-light. Don’t expect him to pull a rabbit out of a hat. Maybe a few baby bunnies, no more.”

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One minister mentioned: “There’s a battle between Boris and Rishi.

“Most backbenchers are on Boris’s side and there will be a lot of pressure on the Chancellor over the next few days.”

Tory veteran Robert Halfon mentioned: “This isn’t simply folks frightened a couple of single measure.

“People are living in fear about whether or not they will be able to pay their bills.”

Ex-Tory chief Sir Iain Duncan Smith urged a VAT lower on gas to assist motorists and to show the advantages of Brexit, as being exterior the EU lets the UK set its personal VAT fee.

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A senior Tory added: “The Chancellor is on the again foot. He is underneath assault from each wing of the social gathering.

“The last thing we need is fiscal tightening. He’s got to go for growth, otherwise he risks everything going down the plughole like in the 1970s.”

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