Boris Johnson latest: George Eustice tells struggling families to buy ‘value brands’ to save on food bills

Boris Johnson ‘out of touch’ with cost of living crisis, says Keir Starmer

A Tory minister has told struggling families they can manage their family budget and save money by choosing ‘value brands’ over ‘branded goods’.

Environment Secretary George Eustice said this morning: ‘Generally speaking what people find is opting for some sort of value brand rather than branded products which they can actually contain and manage their family budget.”

Talk to news from heaven, the Tory minister also said household food expenditure in the UK is the “lowest in Europe”, despite many families having to choose between food and rent.

He insisted that “the price of food does not necessarily cause poverty, but what does if you have very large increases in people’s energy costs”.

His comments come ahead of Thursday’s local elections as party leaders are due to hit key battlegrounds today, the final day of political campaigning.

Boris Johnson is due to visit Hampshire on Wednesday, while Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer will campaign in Wakefield and Sir Ed Davey of the Lib Dems will visit voters in the south east.

Speaking ahead of his visit to Wakefield, Sir Keir accused the Tories of ‘doing nothing’ to help with rising energy and food costs.

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Store prices hit 11-year high due to rising energy costs and conflict in Ukraine

Store prices rose 2.7% from a year ago, marking their highest rate of inflation since September 2011, the figures showed.

The impact of rising energy prices and the conflict in Ukraine continued to trickle down to April retail prices, with no signs of falling, according to the BRC-NielsenIQ Store Price Index.

Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium, said: “Retailers will continue to do all they can to keep prices low and deliver value to their customers by limiting price increases and expanding their ranges of value, but it will put them under pressure to find savings. somewhere else.

“Unfortunately, customers should be prepared for further price increases and a bumpy road ahead.”

Maryam Zakir-HussainMay 4, 2022 8:20 a.m.

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Minister tells families to manage household budget by buying value brands

Labor MP David Lammy called the Conservative Party ‘out of touch’ and ‘unfit to govern’ after Environment Secretary George Eustice said people could manage their household budgets by buying ‘value brands’.

Maryam Zakir-HussainMay 4, 2022 8:11 a.m.

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Union leader says National Insurance was introduced at ‘wrong time’

He said he would take stronger action to tackle fraud in Covid support schemes, but would not specify how it would match the expected additional annual revenue generated by the health and care tax.

On ITV’s Good Morning Britain he said: ‘In terms of what we do before the next election, obviously I don’t know what the state of the economy will be then. No one knows what the state of the economy will be then.

“We will present our plans when we get to the full election, we have defined the principles that we will apply, it will be fair taxation, especially for workers.

“At this point, two years from now, I don’t know what the state of the economy will be.”

Sir Keir said he ‘cannot detail what we will do’ this far away from a general election.

Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer refused to commit to reversing the government’s National Insurance hike, which he described as “the wrong tax at the wrong time”.

Watch the full clip here:

Maryam Zakir-HussainMay 4, 2022 8:05 a.m.

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Environment secretary rejects calls for windfall tax on energy companies

Environment Secretary George Eustice insisted oil and gas companies were already paying enough tax “for now” as he rejected calls for a levy on their windfall profits.

He said Sky News the situation would be monitored but “for the moment we judge that, yes, it is fair that these oil companies pay more and that they are already paying more – the nominal rate of income tax or tax on corporations is already 10% higher – overall, with all the other levies and taxes in place, they pay double the tax of most corporations”.

Maryam Zakir-HussainMay 4, 2022 7:53 a.m.

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Environment secretary says pensioner who takes bus all day to stay warm should ask local council for help

A Cabinet minister has suggested that Elsie – the 77-year-old whose case was raised with the Prime Minister on Tuesday – should ask her local council for help.

Boris Johnson was challenged in an interview over the case of the pensioner, who rides buses all day to cut her bills back home.

Environment Secretary George Eustice said Sky News“What would be my advice to Elsa (sic)?

“Well, my advice would be, you know, don’t stay on a bus all day trying to stay warm.

“My advice would be to seek support from the local authority.”

Maryam Zakir-HussainMay 4, 2022 7:44 a.m.

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Secretary of State says UK household spending on food ‘lowest in Europe’

Secretary of State George Eustice said household food expenditure in the UK was the “lowest in Europe” as many families had to choose between “eating and heating”.

He said Sky News this morning: “The reality is that the price of food doesn’t necessarily cause poverty, but what if you have very large increases in people’s energy costs.

Maryam Zakir-HussainMay 4, 2022 7:40 a.m.

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ICYMI- Nicola Sturgeon says Tories have ‘run out of excuses’ for cost of living ‘inaction’

The Tories have ‘run out of excuses for their negligent inaction’ in the face of the cost of living crisis which is ‘hammering families across Scotland’, said Nicola Sturgeon.

Speaking ahead of Thursday’s local elections, the Prime Minister also claimed that voting for the SNP would ‘put Boris Johnson under real pressure to act now and help families’ as the crisis continues to deepen.

Ms Sturgeon made the comments from the party campaign bus due to arrive in Edinburgh on Wednesday, the final day of campaigning.

“The only thing that will make Tories sit up and take notice is when they think their own jobs are at stake – and that’s why this election is so important,” she said. declared.

My colleague Tom Ambrose reports:

Maryam Zakir-HussainMay 4, 2022 7:29 a.m.

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Local elections: party leaders present their arguments on the last day of the campaign

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to visit Hampshire on Wednesday, while Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer will be in Wakefield and Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey is due to visit parts of the south east.

Meanwhile, party leaders in Scotland will campaign in Edinburgh as they seek to make their case with voters, while tensions are also running high in Northern Ireland ahead of the Stormont Assembly election, as the Brexit protocol remains a divisive issue.

Speaking ahead of his visit to Wakefield, Sir Keir accused the Tories of ‘doing nothing’ to help with rising energy and food costs.

He said: ‘The Conservatives are not doing anything to help people now. Instead, they made the situation worse by imposing 15 Tory tax increases – including this month’s National Insurance increase on businesses and workers.

“Labour’s plan to tackle the cost of living crisis is putting money back in your pocket. Our call for an emergency budget would mean immediate action.

“We would not go ahead with this unfair Conservative tax hike on working people, which is the wrong tax at the wrong time.”

He repeated Labour’s call for an emergency budget and a windfall tax on oil and gas producers.

“On Thursday you can send a message to the Conservatives that they can’t ignore. Britain deserves better,” he said.

Maryam Zakir-HussainMay 4, 2022 7:19 a.m.

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All Covid fines should be overturned after PM defends breaking lockdown rules, lawyer claims

Every Covid fine issued should be overturned after Prime Minister Boris Johnson defended his attendance at a Lockdown-breaking Downing Street party, a lawyer has argued.

Penalties for more than 20 companies in the gym sector have been lifted in recent months.

Lucinda Nicholls, who successfully represented all 23 companies and is still fighting on behalf of seven others, said the evidence presented against her clients was seriously flawed.

The validity of the sanctions – imposed on at least 100,000 people and around 900 businesses – has also come into question after Mr Johnson claimed in his defense of Partygate that he was confused by his own government’s rules, a- she added.

My colleague Lamiat Sabin reporting the details.

Namita SingMay 4, 2022 7:01 a.m.

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Energy suppliers have three weeks to explain ‘excessive direct debit increases’

Some energy suppliers have excessively increased direct debit payments from customers beyond what is required, the business secretary said, giving them three weeks to explain themselves or face “substantial fines “.

Household energy bills soared in the UK after regulator Ofgem raised its price cap by 54% in April in response to a record rise in wholesale gas prices – resulting in an average increase of 693 £.

But the regulator warned a fortnight later that it had seen ‘worrying signs’ of ‘bad practices’ by some providers, potentially including ‘a much-needed increase in direct debit payments’, amid reports that some customers have seen their payments double – or even triple.

Namita SingMay 4, 2022 07:00

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