Rishi Sunak addresses UK’s cost-of-living pressures 

The prime minister has argued that the load on hard-pressed families is "starting to ease."
The prime minister has argued that the load on hard-pressed families is "starting to ease."

The prime minister has argued that the load on hard-pressed families is “starting to ease.”

Government Support Amidst Rising Costs:

In a recent BBC interview, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak stated that pressures from higher bills and mortgage rates were beginning to ease. 

This announcement coincides with the release of the final cost-of-living instalment, with eight million individuals on means-tested benefits set to receive a £299 payment directly into their bank accounts by February 22, without the need for a claim.

Calls for Further Support:

While this final payment marks the culmination of three instalments totalling £900 within a year, charities are urging the government to consider additional measures to assist struggling households. Questions have been raised regarding the effectiveness of such payments in alleviating financial strain.

Sunak’s Response:

Sunak acknowledged the distressing reality faced by some families, citing instances where parents have had to dilute baby formula due to financial constraints. 

However, he emphasized the government’s commitment to easing financial pressures, highlighting the reduction in inflation from its peak of 11.1% as a positive sign. 

He attributed this decrease to various factors, including global energy price drops and the Bank of England’s decision to increase interest rates.

Positive Developments:

The Prime Minister also noted that households are beginning to benefit from decreasing mortgage rates, while the government has implemented “meaningful” tax cuts to provide relief.

Scam Awareness:

Individuals receiving benefits should remain vigilant against scams targeting financial information. 

Sunak cautioned against fraudulent schemes impersonating government entities, emphasizing that legitimate payments will bear specific references in recipients’ bank accounts, such as their national insurance number followed by “DWP COL” or “HMRC COLS” for those eligible through tax credits.

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