Stop the tax attack! Tory infighting erupts over Sunak’s hated National Insurance grab

Edwina Currie defends National Insurance hikes

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With Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Prime Minister Boris Johnson both backing a rise in the tax, many have called for the move to be cancelled. However, both the PM and Mr Sunak have backed the tax rise in order to contribute towards the post-Covid recovery period.

Taking to Twitter to remind both Number 10 and Number 11 Downing Street of the current situation in Britain, MP for Wokingham, Sir John Redwood called on the pair to consider the people.

Writing on the social media platform, Sir John said: “The Conservative fall in the polls comes from the cost of living crisis.

“The PM must stop the tax attack in April which will make it worse.

“Every policy should be reviewed to promote prosperity for the many.”

With nearly 15 million Britons living in poverty, the rise in living costs is spreading the gap between rich and poor ever wider.

The number of UK households classed as destitute could rise by nearly a third to more than 1 million this spring according to one think tank which examined the impact of the tax hike.

The National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) urged ministers to reconsider the tax increase after it said destitution – which it defines as an inability to buy basic essentials – could increase by 30 percent in the next financial year if households are faced with a combination of rising inflation, higher bills and a greater tax burden.

Many Brits have taken to the streets to protest rising living costs.

Thousands across the UK took to the streets calling on the Government to intervene in the cost of living crisis as they highlighted the impact of soaring bills and taxes on struggling families.

Protests came following calls for a windfall tax on energy giants as they reap hefty earnings while households and businesses struggle to pay soaring energy bills, along with a National Insurance increase and a record inflation high.

Placards held aloft in Parliament Square in central London read “tax the rich” and carried other messages objecting to a rise in energy prices.

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Speaking to ITV, Flaura Pidcock, national secretary of the People’s Assembly, said there is “real anger” at what she described as a “growing crisis”.

The former Labour MP added: “Working people could not be working harder and yet life is getting so much more difficult.

“People can see clearer than ever the inequality in our society, that while there are companies making massive profits and the richest individuals are getting so much richer, everybody else is having to suffer, making very difficult decisions to try and get by.

“Older people will be cold in their homes, people will be struggling to feed their children when none of this is a crisis of their making.

“Meanwhile, the Government sits by and does nothing to help the people.

“So, we will be out on the streets saying enough is enough.”

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Sharon Graham, general secretary of Unite, said protests are taking place because “people are fed up of rich men telling them they have to pay for boardroom greed and colossal market failure”.

She said: “This crisis was not caused by working people and we are not going to take wage cuts to pay for it.

“Why should the public always bail out the markets and policymakers?

“Where firms can pay, they should pay and under my watch, Unite will unashamedly continue to protect the living standards of its members.”

Defence Minister James Heappey said people were “feeling the squeeze” of rising prices and the government was in “listening mode”.

But he said the tax hike, to fund health and social care, was right.

No 10 says the rise, which is due in April, will go ahead.

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