Keir Starmer defended the cost of his plan to hoard energy bills this winter, when some economists said it could cost as much.
The labor leader said during his visit to the Nationwide Building Society Headquarters in Swindon:
Our scheme is fully funded.
Our plan really depends on an unexpected tax on oil and gas companies to keep that price stable.
We basically have a choice. We either allow oil and gas companies to make huge profits while millions of families are really struggling or we do something about it.
Our plan is fully funded and it is partially funded by this unpredictable tax on oil and gas companies making additional profits.
During a visit to the Nationwide Building Society headquarters in Swindon, Keir Starmer was asked what action he would take now to tackle the current cost-of-living crisis, rather than focusing on the rising bills expected over the winter, PA News reports.
Labor leader said:
That’s why we support compliant plans like Universal Credit and 650 in pension.
But what you’ve got from Labor is an all-out cost plan to deal with the increase in the autumn and early next year.
Compare this with the zombie government, which in October and again in January is not planning for energy growth and has no answers as to what they are going to do.
I can tell you that millions of people are really worried about what is going to happen this autumn and this winter. They are hearing absolutely nothing from this government.
the government has said It is “reassuring” that people will be able to receive a new bivalent COVID-19 jab as part of the Autumn Booster Program.
Britain became the first country in the world to approve Moderna’s bivalent vaccine, which targets both the original strain of the virus and the Omicron version, but it emerged the country did not have enough doses to offer the new jab Is. booster.
About 26m people will be invited to come forward for the booster jabs in the autumn, but it is understood that only 13m of the new bivalent modern jabs are available.
Vaccines Minister Maggie Thrup told Good Morning Britain:
Obviously we’re getting stock in other new vaccines… and we’re getting more stock over the next few weeks, but there are other vaccines coming online as well.
So we are very confident that we will be able to deliver the program with a bivalent vaccine in the next few weeks.
But Prof Anthony Harden, vice-chairman of the Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization (JCVI), said people eligible for the Covid-19 booster jab should not worry about what type of vaccine they will get.
He told BBC Breakfast:
The key point is that people need to get vaccinated instead of worrying too much about the type of vaccine they are getting.
These are all very good vaccines, which have been shown to be effective against serious disease – hospitalization and death.
Labor is planning a campaign blitz to take ownership of its new energy price cap policy if the next Tory leader succumbs to pressure and cancels an expected 80% increase in October.
Keir Starmer has vowed that his party will “not let people pay a penny more” on their gas and electricity bills this winter, lowering the price range to current levels and preventing the average household bill from reaching £3,600. is proposed.
Senior sources said the party has limited time to get its message out before the next Tory leader, believed to be Liz Truss, enters No. 10. The new prime minister would need to design a comprehensive package on the cost of living, despite the austerity of the truce. Explain how she’ll help beyond the tax deduction.
Labor will step up efforts to boost its policy in the coming days, including digital advertising, campaign tools for local parties and direct mail for lawmakers to use. Plans for a summer attack have been underway since mid-July.
In the coming weeks, the party will set more on its energy policy offering, including plans to upgrade 19 million homes to make them more energy efficient, double onshore and offshore wind capacity and triple solar power.
Starmer has said that Labor’s plan, funded by an expanded windfall tax, is the radical approach needed to help households and reduce inflation, contrasting it with the “lame duck” government’s inaction.
“We asked ourselves: do we want a plan that allows those prices to go up, causes that concern, and then discounts some people after the event, but does nothing about inflation? , or do we want to be more radical, more daring, more ambitious?” He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
“One of the benefits of our proposal is that it brings down inflation, which benefits everyone, but especially those who are most vulnerable, and those who are least affluent.”
Sources close to Starmer say the party’s convention plans will need to be adapted based on the announcement in the new prime minister’s first weeks in office, especially if there is an initial emergency budget.
Read more from my colleagues Jessica Elgott and Peter Walker here:
The real value of UK workers’ wages continued to fall in June at the fastest rate for 20 years as wages swelled by rising inflation amid a cost of living crisis.
The Office for National Statistics said the annual increase in average wages, excluding bonuses, strengthened by 4.7% in the three months to June against a backdrop of lower unemployment and higher job vacancies.
However, taking into account their preferred measure of inflation, the real value of workers’ pay packets declined by 3% – the sharpest decline since comparable records began in 2001.
Growth in average income including bonuses was 5.1%, although it also failed to keep pace with rising cost of living.
The latest snapshot showed early signs of a slowdown in hiring demand among employers, despite job vacancies remaining close to record highs. The ONS said unemployment rose slightly to 3.8% in the three months to June, while the number of new job openings fell for the first time since the summer of 2020.
Employment growth slowed to 160,000 in the three months to June, well below analysts’ forecasts, suggesting the job market is beginning to cool as Britain’s economic performance falters.
Ruth Gregory, a senior UK economist at consultancy Capital Economics, said: “June labor market data provide further evidence that a weakening economy is moving towards a slightly less tight labor market.”
The chancellor, Nadim Zhawi, said the latest data showed Britain’s jobs market was in a strong position, with unemployment lower than at almost any point in the past 40 years. ,[That is] The good news from what I know is people are having a difficult time,” he said.
“While there is no easy solution to people’s living pressures, we are providing help wherever we can. We are delivering a £37bn package to families through cash grants and tax cuts so people can keep more than they earn.
However, figures outlining the unprecedented hit to workers’ wages are likely to increase pressure on the government and conservative leadership candidates amid the cost of living crisis.
Labor said the figures showed the Tories had lost control of the economy. Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Jonathan Ashworth said: “This zombie government is providing no solution to the cost of life crisis.”
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People have not seen the full extent of what the government is doing to help with the cost of living crisis, amid mounting criticism and allegations that Boris Johnson is a “lame-duck” prime minister, Maggie Thrupt has said.
The Minister of Public Health told ITV’s Good Morning Britain:
We’ve already put together 37 billion [package] It is being launched and has many different aspects: helping pensioners; helping people on low wages; Helping people in general, and people haven’t seen the full extent of that.
Asked whether Rishi Sunak should have a clear policy to deal with the crisis, he said:
I think it’s absolutely right that we wait until we know who our new leader is – the prime minister – and then they’ll take a lot of advice about the status of the legacy.
Just last week the assistant secretary to the prime minister and the chancellor met with the energy companies and they started talking, and the civil service too. [has] Put together the different options to put forward in front of whatever happens in September, to make sure very quickly we know exactly how people are going to be helped.
When asked if Sunak should pull out of the leadership race, Throp replied:
I think it is absolutely correct that we wait for the election results, it has not taken us much time to go. And I don’t think any candidate should stand down because until we know the actual results of that day, everything is at play.
A minister said the government is concerned about how the cost of living crisis will affect people’s health and this has been taken into account while planning the rollout of flu and COVID booster jabs.
The Minister of Public Health and Vaccines, Maggie Throop, was speaking on LBC Radio about the new dual-edition COVID vaccine that has been approved for use in the UK’s booster programme.
He was asked what the impact of the cost of living crisis would be on health and whether the government had taken this into account.
LBC’s Nick Ferrari said: “Many people are saying they are too worried about energy prices, they won’t be able to turn on the gas and there are fears that more people will die than usual.”
Well, it is a concern, it is something that we have taken into account when looking at our vaccination programmes.
We are rolling out the covid jab, we are also launching the flu jab, we are providing greater protection to those who are most vulnerable, and where possible there will be co-administration of the flu and the covid jab so that People can do both jobs at once.
And I think if people are reassured about their health, it helps address some of the other concerns that they may have.
And yes, you’re right, people who probably don’t heat their homes that much will be more vulnerable. And that’s why, as I say, we are keeping that circle of protection around the most vulnerable with our vaccine program.
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