Asda chairman slams government for “tin-eared” response to cost-of-living crisis

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// Asda chairman said the government had “tin-eared and slow” response to cost-of-living crisis
// Lord Stuart Rose said chancellor Rishi Sunak should put together a new package to ease the soaring costs

Asda chairman Lord Stuart Rose has slammed the government for a “tin-eared and slow” response to the UK’s cost-of-living crisis.

Rose said chancellor Rishi Sunak should put together a new package to ease the soaring costs for households.

“The main problem that the government has is that it’s been handing out millions and millions during Covid so it’s now very hard to explain to people why they can’t hand out more money,” Rose said.


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Average annual energy bills increased by £700 this month, with Sunak giving most households £350 to help with the rise.

Energy prices are now expected to increase another £1,000 throughout the year, leading to calls from experts and opposition parties for more government support.

Sunak said in the Spring Budget that he would cut fuel duty by 5p for 12 months and cut National Insurance, after increasing it in October, in a bid to ease the cost of living squeeze.

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