Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s mini-budget today is not enough to help vulnerable people or even everyday households, consumers say, as the cost-of-living crisis continues to worsen
(Image: Martin Allen)
British taken by the Cost of Living Crisis say the government is not doing enough to help them with their mounting bills.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has today announced several measures aimed at helping Brits as costs rise – but not nearly enough, consumers say.
But consumers say the announcements won’t hurt the cost-of-living crisis.
Taxi driver Martin Allen, 61, said rising fuel costs mean he pays £99 to £132 more every week to fill up his Volkswagen Charan.
A year ago it cost him around £72 to fill up, but that’s gone up to £105 – and he needs to fill up three to four times a week.
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Petrol currently costs an average of £165.3 per liter – a record high. But a year ago it was £1.20.8 – 44p down.
“It’s ridiculous,” Martin said. “It will not have any significant impact. They’re falling 5p a liter but what if it’s back up?’
Many companies pass their own increasing costs on to customers, but most taxi drivers are limited in doing so.
Martin is a licensed taxi driver, which means his community has a say in meter prices.
“Fuel prices are included in the fare, but it’s gotten so expensive that we can’t pass everything on,” he said. “We haven’t had an increase on the counter here in the area for more than five years.”
Pensioner Peter Marciniak, 69, is a pensioner and says “there isn’t enough help” for needy households.
“Saving 5p a liter of petrol is all well and good, but a lot of people can’t afford to drive at all,” he said.
Peter was previously forced to do this drive his car less due to rising fuel costs.
“My bills are going up and I have to watch every penny,” he said. “I turn off the heat and close all the doors to stay warm.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/rishi-sunaks-5p-fuel-cut-26539853 "Rishi Sunak's 5p fuel cut is ridiculous - it now costs £132 more to fill up my car."