Rishi Sunak latest news: PM hints he will protect ‘triple lock’ on pensions
See also: Sunak ‘unambiguously’ condemns Russia’s war in Ukraine at G20 summit.
Rishi Sunak made his strongest suggestion yet in Thursday’s fall statement that the “triple lock” pension would be retained.
Mr Sunak said pensioners were “at the forefront of my mind” and insisted Chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s plan to raise taxes and cut spending had “fairness and compassion” at its heart.
Downing Street last month sparked fears that the triple lockdown could be scrapped and said it was “on the table” as Mr Sunak and Chancellor Jeremy Hunt drew up plans to fill what they warn would be a £60 billion -pound-hole in the nation’s finances.
The measure, which will apply to Britain’s state pensions, will ensure they rise in line with inflation, average wages or at a rate of 2.5 per cent – whichever is highest.
“My track record as chancellor shows that I care deeply about these pensioners, especially when it comes to things like energy and heating because they are particularly vulnerable to cold weather,” Mr Sunak told reporters en route to the G20 summit in Balinese.
Ex-minister says Brexit trade deal with Australia ‘not very good’
Britain’s flagship post-Brexit trade deal with Australia “wasn’t actually a very good deal” and Britain “returned far too much for far too little,” admitted a member of the cabinet that pushed it through.
In a series of scathing remarks in the House of Commons, Johnson-era Environment Secretary George Eustice called on the government to acknowledge the Department of International Trade’s “failures” as it negotiates what it described as a “historic” deal last December.
The deals with Australia and New Zealand are the only new trade deals signed since Britain left the European Union, and the deals sparked claims of “betrayal” among farmers who feared being undercut by cheaper imports.
Alisha Rahaman SarkarNovember 15, 2022 07:05
Sunak under fire for £63m Channel crossing deal
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has been criticized by some of his own MPs amid concerns the recent Channel crossing deal is not enough to stem the migrant crisis.
The revised pact, worth around £63m, is an increase of around £8m to £9m a year from a similar pledge signed in 2021.
According to the latest pledge, the number of French officers patrolling the beaches of the country’s north coast is set to increase from 200 to 300 over the next five months.
Alisha Rahaman SarkarNov 15, 2022 6:52 am
France and Britain sign agreement to curb Channel crossings. Will it work?
The UK has signed a new multi-million pound deal with France to curb English Channel crossings.
The UK government’s latest efforts to deal with the migrant crisis come as the number of people arriving on the south coast after traveling has surpassed 40,000 so far this year.
But critics accused the government of “reusing the same failed response”, with Conservative MP for Dover Natalie Elphicke saying the deal “falls short of what is needed”.
Alisha Rahaman SarkarNov 15, 2022 6:24 am
The deputy prime minister “warned against his behavior” at the Foreign Office
Rishi Sunak is standing by Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab as further allegations about his behavior surfaced.
Reportedly, Mr Raab was warned about his behavior towards officials when he was Foreign Secretary.T
The concerns were brought to Mr Raab by Lord McDonald, the senior official at the Foreign Office, and the Mandarin also discussed the situation informally with the Cabinet Office’s decorum and ethics team. The guard reported.
In a radio interview yesterday, Lord McDonald admitted that allegations that Mr Raab might be a bully were plausible.
Mr Raab, who will represent Mr Sunak at Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, has already been in the spotlight over allegations of clashes with Justice Department officials – staff were reportedly offered a “way out” from his department when he was reinstated in October.
Alisha Rahaman SarkarNov 15, 2022 6:04 am
Rishi Sunak confronts Russia over Ukraine at G20 summit
Rishi Sunak slammed Russia at the G20 summit of world leaders in Indonesia and called on Vladimir Putin to “stop this barbaric war”.
Speaking to Putin’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the conference table, Mr Sunak denounced the invasion of Ukraine as “illegal” and described Russia’s arming of food and energy supplies as “unacceptable”.
It was the first time a British Prime Minister had met a representative of the Moscow regime in person since the invasion began in February.
Andrew Woodcock reports from Bali.
Alisha Rahaman SarkarNov 15, 2022 5:28 am
Tory-led councils warn Sunak of possible bankruptcy
Two Tory-led local authorities have warned Prime Minister Rishi Sunak that rising inflation will force them to file for bankruptcy.
In a letter to Mr Sunak, the heads of Kent and Hampshire Borough Councils said even “drastic cuts” in current services would not save the huge holes in their budgets.
“We cannot stand by and watch as two major counties sleepwalk into financial disaster,” the letter said.
It added that ministers would have a choice of properly funding councils or amending the law to remove the “outdated and underfunded” statutory obligation on city halls to provide services such as libraries and door-to-school transport.
The letter states: “The problem is simple: the extra money we can raise from council taxes and business taxes barely covers the normal inflationary pressures we face every year. As a result, significant growth, especially in adult and child social care, remains completely unfinanced.
“Without a fundamental change in the way these two services are funded, or our legal obligations, the entire upper tier of local government will soon cross the abyss.”
Alisha Rahaman SarkarNov 15, 2022 5:22 am
Tax hikes for everyone and big hikes in mini-budget energy bills
Everyone in the UK will pay more taxes as a result of Thursday’s autumn declaration, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt said.
But the Chancellor was alerted to a possible rebellion by backbenchers in Tory MPs when former Cabinet Secretary Simon Clarke – a close ally of tax-cutting former Prime Minister Liz Truss – said he should opt for spending cuts rather than tax hikes “as well as he can”. “.
He also confirmed that post-April government support for energy bills will target the most vulnerable, at a cost expected to hundreds of pounds for millions of households.
Alisha Rahaman SarkarNov 15, 2022 5:03 am
Rishi Sunak gives up promises to limit refugee numbers
Rishi Sunak has dropped a key promise by his Conservative leadership campaign to limit the number of refugees the UK takes in each year.
The Prime Minister said it was not possible to consider a cap until the flow of migrants crossing the English Channel from France by dinghy had been halted, which it would not happen “overnight”.
Meanwhile, Mr Sunak has strongly opposed mandatory ID cards after a Labor shadow minister circulated them as a way to reduce irregular immigration.
“I want to reduce migration over time,” he said.
“But I think the most urgent priority we and the British have is to get a grip on illegal migration and small boats. And that’s what I spend most of my time on.”
Alisha Rahaman SarkarNov 15, 2022 4:51 am
PM risks angering Tory MPs by withdrawing Truss’ defense pledge
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has embarked on a collision course with defensive hawks in his own Conservative Party by refusing to commit to increasing military spending to 3 percent of GDP in this week’s autumn statement.
Mr Sunak dismissed warnings that a retreat from his predecessor Liz Truss’ target would be seen by Russian President Vladimir Putin as a sign of weakness at a time when the West is backing Ukraine’s resistance to his invasion.
The Prime Minister announced the award of a new £4.2bn contract to BAE Systems to build five more warships for the Royal Navy, a move he said would strengthen Britain’s ability to counter Russian aggression .
Andrew Woodcock has more.
Alisha Rahaman SarkarNov 15, 2022 4:36 am
Rishi Sunak urged increasing benefits with inflation
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak faced calls to raise all benefits in line with inflation, including those for working-age people, after hinting he would protect the “triple lockdown” on state pensions.
Ryan Shorthouse, chief executive of conservative think tank Bright Blue, said: “It is intellectually unsound to protect the value of the state pension in line with inflation but not universal credit. Either both increase with inflation, or both increase with income.”
Karl Handscomb, senior economist at the Resolution Foundation think tank, said: “As the cost of living crisis looks set to continue and potentially deepen over the next year, it is important that the Chancellor stands by the promises he made of his this summer recent predecessor, and now Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, that all benefits – for working-age families as well as pensioners – will be increased in line with prices next year.”
Andrew Woodcock and Kate Devlin report.
Alisha Rahaman SarkarNov 15, 2022 4:33 am