Boris Johnson rules out immediate cost-of-living measures

8/8/2022 10:00:00 PM

The government is facing pressure to do more, following worsening economic warnings.

The government is facing pressure to do more, following worsening economic warnings.

It comes as business boss Tony Danker warns the UK cannot 'afford a summer of government inactivity'.

Earlier this year,This included giving households a £400 discount on energy bills and £650 for the poorest households to help with wider living costs.Meanwhile, the energy price cap will go up in October, withthe prime minister and the candidates for the Tory leadership, Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss, "should come together to agree a common pledge to support people and help quell fears".

The Conservative leadership race is taking place amid grim economic forecastsThe CBI - which represents British businesses - said the prime minister should direct the civil service to draw up options on helping the most vulnerable people - and that these options should be made available to both leadership candidates.

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He also dismissed calls from ex-Prime Minister Gordon Brown for the government to hold a meeting of the government's emergency response committee Cobra, arguing that would be "a performative political act". Earlier this year, the government announced a £15bn package of support to ease the cost-of-living crisis. Mr Johnson will leave office in early September, and No 10 said "by convention it is not for this prime minister to make major fiscal interventions during this period". This included giving households a £400 discount on energy bills and £650 for the poorest households to help with wider living costs. However, the government has come under pressure to do more, following worsening economic warnings. LBC has received multiple calls from people struggling in the crisis, including mothers going several days without a square meal who have been forced to eat their children’s leftovers. Last week, the Bank of England forecast that the UK was heading into a recession, with inflation set to hit 13%..

Meanwhile, the energy price cap will go up in October, with average domestic energy bills could hit more than £3,600 a year. Shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves said: "All this Tory prime minister does is shrug his shoulders. Mr Danker, head of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), the prime minister and the candidates for the Tory leadership, Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss, "should come together to agree a common pledge to support people and help quell fears". Image source, Image caption, The Conservative leadership race is taking place amid grim economic forecasts "The economic situation people and businesses are facing requires all hands to the pump this summer," he said. Mr Danker said: "The economic situation people and businesses are facing requires all hands to the pump this summer. "We simply cannot afford a summer of government inactivity while the leadership contest plays out followed by a slow start from a new prime minister and cabinet." The CBI - which represents British businesses - said the prime minister should direct the civil service to draw up options on helping the most vulnerable people - and that these options should be made available to both leadership candidates. "The Prime Minister and Chancellor should be taking the next few weeks to grip the emerging crisis and the planning required to tackle it. "This is like 14 year old girls attacking you for not loving Duran Duran enough.

The organisation also said Mr Johnson, Mr Sunak and Ms Truss should agree "a way forward to support people and businesses with energy bills" ahead of 26 August, when Ofgem is due to announce the next energy price cap. Elsewhere, Ms Sturgeon has called for an emergency meeting with Mr Johnson and the leaders of devolved governments, to agree steps to help people." He added that the Prime Minister and the candidates vying to replace him - Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss - should "come together to agree a common pledge to support people and help quell fears". In a letter to the prime minister, she said the SNP-led government was "committed to doing all we can" but added: "We cannot respond on the scale required without action by your government." Writing in the Daily Record, Mr Brown - who was the Labour prime minister between 2007 and 2010 - said the UK faced "a financial timebomb" and urged Mr Johnson, Mr Sunak and Ms Truss to agree "an immediate Budget to prevent a winter heating catastrophe". The Prime Minister's official spokesman said Mr Johnson - who is now back in No 10 following his holiday in Slovenia - would be speaking to Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi to ensure that support measures due to come into effect later in the year remained on track. 'Energy bills are bad now, but worse is to come' He also said the emergency committee Cobra should be in "permanent session to deal with the coming fuel and energy crisis".

Speaking to the BBC's World This Weekend programme on Sunday, Mr Brown said there was "a vacuum" in government because "the prime minister is on holiday, the chancellor is on holiday, the two leadership candidates for prime minister are on the campaign trail. "The Government recognised that the end of the year will present wider challenges with things like changes to the (energy) price cap," the spokesman said." Image source, Image caption, Boris Johnson is due to leave Downing Street in early September Asked if Mr Johnson - who has returned from a holiday in Slovenia - would summon a meeting of Cobra, No 10 said it would be up to Mr Johnson's successor to make any decisions on further support for households. The spokesman also said there were no plans to recall Parliament, but that Mr Johnson and his Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi are meeting this week to discuss progress on the support measures already announced. Clearly, some of the global pressures have increased since that was announced. Responding to No 10's comments, Labour's shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves said "people are worried sick about how they'll pay their bills.. It will be for a future prime minister.

. and all this Tory prime minister does is shrug his shoulders". "An economic crisis like this requires strong leadership and urgent action - but instead we have a Tory party that's lost control and are stuck with two continuity candidates who can only offer more of the same. She said the two leadership candidates could only "offer more of the same", adding: "Labour would start by scrapping tax breaks on oil and gas producers and providing more help to people who are struggling to pay their energy bills." Meanwhile, the two MPs hoping to take over the leadership have been criticising each other's plans to address mounting living costs." Writing for the Daily Record newspaper on Monday, former Labour prime minister Mr Brown issued a plea for "urgent measures" to cover further rises in fuel bills amid "millions standing on the edge of a financial precipice". Mr Sunak has warned that the plans of his rival Ms Truss "won't touch the sides".

Supporters of Ms Truss say her proposed tax cuts would help people, but did not rule out offering further support. "About 35 million people in 13. View comments .