Boris Johnson admits ‘more can be done’ to tackle cost of living crisi…

The chief Minister warned that increasing Government spending to prop up household finances could fuel inflation rising already faster.

77-year-old stays on bus all day to keep energy costs down

On ITV’s Good Morning Britain, the chief Minister was challenged about the case of a 77-year-old viewer called Elsie, who has seen her energy bill soar and cut down to one meal a day.

Told that she spent the day travelling on buses to stay out of her home and keep her bills down, former London mayor Mr Johnson said: “The 24-hour freedom bus pass was truly something that I truly introduced.”

Mr Johnson said there are “plenty of things more that we are doing”, adding: “What we want to do is make sure that we have people who are in particular hardship looked after by their councils, so we are putting much more money into local councils.

“We have the particular payments to help elderly people in particular with the cost of heating.”

Boris Johnson admits ‘there is more that we can do’ to tackle cost of living crisis

On the council tax rebate, Susanna said: “But £150 doesn’t touch the sides, and isn’t obtainable for everybody. You’re not doing everything you can”.

In response, Boris Johnson admitted: “There is more that we can do but the crucial thing is to make sure we deal with the crisis over the medium and long term.”

Susanna said: “So you’re not being honest, you’re not doing everything you can”.

The chief Minister replied: “We’re doing a huge amount”.



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