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UK's Sunak to warn cost of living crisis won't be easy to fix

Economy May 18, 2022 04:13PM ET
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LONDON (Reuters) - British finance minister Rishi Sunak will warn on Wednesday that easing the cost-of-living crisis for families will not be easy and he will also promise to cut business taxes to boost investment, staff training and innovation.

British inflation surged last month to its highest annual rate since 1982, with consumer price inflation hitting 9% in April, pressuring Sunak to do more to help those struggling to pay rising food, fuel and energy bills.

"Our role in government is to cut costs for families. I cannot pretend this will be easy," Sunak will say at a Confederation of British Industry dinner, according to extracts of his speech released in advance.

"There is no measure any government could take, no law we could pass, that can make these global forces disappear overnight. The next few months will be tough."

Sunak has previously said he wants to wait to see the extent of a further rise in regulated domestic power tariffs in the autumn before deciding on how much more support households need.

In his speech on Wednesday, he will also reiterate a promise made in March to cut business taxes later this year and encourage employers to do their bit to ease the economic pain for households by keeping up investment and innovation spending.

"We need you to invest more, train more, and innovate more. In the Autumn Budget we will cut your taxes to encourage you to do all those things," he will say.

"That is the path to higher productivity, higher living standards, and a more prosperous and secure future.”

CBI Director-General Tony Danker welcomed Sunak's willingness to help households and provide incentives for business investment but said the need for support was immediate.

"There's a window now where firms are deciding whether to stick or twist on their spending plans, so not everything can wait until autumn," he said. "Immediate delivery of existing commitments can help protect business confidence."

UK's Sunak to warn cost of living crisis won't be easy to fix
 

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Murali Krishna
Murali Krishna May 18, 2022 4:39PM ET
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And walk to work with your stick 🏒
John Blackwell
John Blackwell May 18, 2022 12:38PM ET
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Abolish Taxes and Government altogether. tThat's the answer - Free Market instead of the Parasitic Command Economy that exists to line the pockets of scoundrels.
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falec May 18, 2022 12:38PM ET
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I bet you are the first John asking for efficient and good public hospitals. As well as a good army in case for protection. Ah, yeah, good streets ws well, well maintained. Guess what? That costs money!
 
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