Quantity 10 this morning unveiled Boris Johnson’s massive plan for tackling the price of dwelling.
The prime minister will – await it – chair a gathering of the federal government’s long-forgotten-about home and financial technique committee “within the coming weeks”.
There, he and senior ministers will apparently log out on insurance policies to assist voters sort out their hovering payments. Besides chancellor Rishi Sunak is refusing to launch any additional cash to pay for them.
As employees start to see the rise in nationwide insurance coverage hit their pay packets, similtaneously their vitality, meals and council tax payments soar, they are going to be forgiven for considering the federal government has utterly run out of concepts on the right way to assist them.
Johnson chaired this morning’s cupboard, the place we’re instructed he “led a productive dialogue on the federal government’s work to assist folks preserve extra of their cash within the face of world value hikes”
And in case you had been tempted accountable the PM and his crew for the state of the financial system, Quantity 10 had been eager to level the finger at “continued disruptions within the international financial system” attributable to Covid lockdowns in China and the conflict in Ukraine.
The PM instructed his ministers “there was extra to do” to assist hard-pressed Brits, however was noticeably silent on what that may be.
As a substitute, Sunak highlighted the £22bn-worth of measures he’s already introduced to cut back vitality and council tax payments, however made it clear that the cabinet is fairly naked if anybody is anticipating an additional spending splurge.
“He underlined the significance of not feeding in to additional inflation rises and emphasised that the UK is presently spending £80 billion servicing our debt,” stated the PM’s spokesman.
So if you happen to’re a public sector employee on the lookout for a pay rise to assist sustain with the hovering fee of inflation, assume once more.
With the native elections simply 9 days away, and the partygate row rumbling on, any Tories hoping for some massive coverage concepts to dig them out of a gap shall be sadly upset.
A bit like the remainder of the nation, actually.