British Prime Minister Boris Johnson talks about his government’s plans to help families cope with the cost of living, and the opposition considers his comments to be “unrealistic”.
LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday vowed to do “everything possible” to tackle rising cost of living, a key issue in this week’s local elections, but the opposition mocked his “unrealistic” approach.
In an interview on ITV, Johnson gave the example of a 77-year-old woman who eats only once a day due to the high cost of heating, and spends her day on the bus to reduce her fare. Tickets for public transport in London are free for seniors. “This card is free, I do this,” he continued.
He stressed that his government was doing “everything possible” and “many more things” to help families cope with the rising cost of living, with an aid package of £ 9 billion (June 10.7 billion).
But Johnson at the same time acknowledged that “these contributions from taxpayers are not immediately enough to cover everyone’s costs.”
The British Prime Minister has rejected the imposition of an excise tax on energy companies demanded by the “opposition”, saying it would be “detrimental to investment”. He also warned that “increasing government funding could increase inflation.”
Representative in charge of labor affairs within the opposition Labor Party. Commenting on Johnson’s response, Jonathan Ashworth described him as a “Nazi”, saying “this shows how unrelated the Prime Minister really is.”
“It is very shameful that retirees have no choice but to spend the whole day on the bus to avoid raising heating bills in their homes, or to eat only once a day, except to shiver under the lid,” he added.
The United Kingdom is facing rapid inflation
Significantly, the UK is facing the worst inflation in 30 years.
British inflation was 6.2% in February, the highest level in 30 years, and in March 1992 it was 5.5%.
One poll shows that 23% of Britons find it difficult to pay their bills, up from 17% last November, while 43% find it difficult to pay their energy bills.
In this context, the New York Times reported on Monday that the British, who have not been seen in their country since 1956, are facing a number of problems due to rising fuel prices, inflation and declining family incomes.
According to the New York Times, the prices of basic commodities in the UK are rising at a rate not seen in the last 30 years, while the rising cost of living is particularly worrying for the elderly and other citizens. Low or limited income.
Representatives of human rights organizations say many who have already cut costs are forced to reconsider their family budgets, avoid many food items and, in extreme cases, temporarily reduce electricity and gas.
It is noteworthy that the British are set to vote next Thursday in local elections in England, Scotland and Wales, a test for the Conservative government and Boris Johnson, which have been plagued by months of corruption.
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