Boris Johnson says ‘no option is off the table’ to deal with cost-of-living crisis

Boris Johnson said he was “not naturally attracted to new taxes” but said the government will “put our arms around the people” as Britons face rising costs of living

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Boris Johnson: “No option is off the table”

Boris Johnson has said “no option is off the table” to deal with the rising cost of living as pressure mounts to impose a windfall tax on oil and gas companies.

Proceeds from a one-off levy on corporate profits could support households facing mounting bills.

Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer said part of the answer to tackling the cost of living is an unexpected tax that “stared the Prime Minister in the face”.

He said ministers needed to address the situation, adding: “Every day they procrastinate and delay, more people are struggling, really struggling with their bills.”

The prime minister said he was “not naturally attracted to new taxes” but said the government would “put our arms around people” to help. Mr Johnson told reporters: “We’re going to do more… You just have to wait a little bit longer.”

Keir Starmer said ministers must address the cost of living crisis

No10 said it would not set a “specific timetable” for when the government could announce another package of measures to ease the cost-of-living crisis.

Downing Street above slammed Finance Secretary Simon Clarke as he tried to rule out a return of the £20 weekly increase in Universal Credit.

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The Treasury halted the increase in October when Covid support ended.

There have been calls from Tory MPs, including former Welfare Secretary and party leader Iain Duncan Smith, to strengthen UC to help families struggling through the cost of living crisis.

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