Speaking to Express.co.uk on the streets of Woolwich, mother-of-four Nancy from Plumstead was furious with the Government failing to help ordinary people as they face a historic cost of living crisis. A sufferer of arthritis and grandmother to 11 children, Nancy added that not only has she had to completely change the way she shops, she also isn’t sure how she’s going to afford to look after her family this winter.
“They were supposed to give 5p back to petrol users but no one saw the benefits of it.”
Rishi Sunak’s Spring Statement included a 5p cut on fuel duty as part of his plan to help ease the burden on household finances caused by rapid inflation.
The move was widely criticised as insufficient in the face of the rising costs people were facing, with industry experts pointing out fuel companies were able to enjoy the benefits of the cuts without them being passed to consumers.
Nancy then blasted the Government’s unwillingness to tax the most wealthy in society, while those in the jobs that actually keep the country going are left struggling.
She said: “When I think of the people with lots of money – the top businesses, and so on – they’re privileged.
“They might have worked all their life to get where they are, but you don’t need hundreds of thousands of pounds.
“Why can’t somebody turn around and say, let’s pay higher taxes, let’s do this.
“All these people, these big bosses, they’re not doing anything to help.”
However, despite Nancy’s protestations, none of the Conservative leadership candidates have suggested increasing corporation tax on large businesses by any extent. Liz Truss has, instead, said she intends to cancel a planned corporation tax increase in April 2023, at a cost of £17billion a year to the Government.
This corporation tax increase as it currently stands will see an increase from 19 to 25 percent next year.
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Nancy added that “people that keep the country running” are also being left without support during the current crisis.
She said: “You get people working in a shop now, who are having to do two people’s jobs.
“You get drivers – my husband’s a driver – he was doing two people’s jobs, and he wasn’t getting any extra pay for it.
“That’s the way it’s going now.
“It’s the people who work in the shops, it’s the people that work in the libraries – the people that keep the country running, they’re the people who really need help.
“Nurses having to go to food banks – how bad is that? It’s 2022. It’s ridiculous.”