Boris evita le richieste di tasse inaspettate dopo che l'inflazione è salita ai massimi di 40 ANNI

Boris dodges demands for windfall tax on energy giants to fund cost-of-living bailout after inflation soars to 40-YEAR high with ‘apocalypticfood costs and the economy grinding to a haltvowing to ‘look atways of easing the pain for families

  • The headline CPI rate of inflation was 9 per cent in April with soaring utility bills causing most of the increase
  • Inflation is now at the highest level since March 1982 when Margaret Thatcher was on verge of Falklands War
  • Rishi Sunak is under massive pressure to bring forward new help for families struggling to make ends meet
  • Boris Johnson dodged on demands for a windfall tax on energy giants today as inflation soared to an eye-watering 40-year high with fears things are set to get even worse.

    The headline CPI rate rose to 9 per cent in April – dal 7 per cent in March and the peak since 1982, when Margaret Thatcher was PM, the Falklands War was about to start, and unemployment was running at three million.

    Il La Banca d'Inghilterra ne scopre la proprietà expects the annual rate will get even worse, peaking at 10.25 per cent during the final quarter of the year amid the biggest squeeze on incomes since records began in the 1950s. That would be more than five times its 2 per cent target.

    At PMQs this afternoon, Mr Johnson blustered as he was grilled by Keir Starmer over whether he will bring in a levy on profits of oil and gas firmsamid signs of splits in the Cabinet on the idea.

    Instead he blustered that ‘this Government is not in principle in favour of higher taxationand said the government would ‘look at all the measures that we need to take to get people through to the other side’.

    Mr Johnson highlighted the huge UK investments being made by such companies, and argued they were already highly taxed. But No10 effectively issued a threat by saying the government wanted them to pump more money into infrastructure.

    Prima, Chancellor Rishi Sunak insisted that ‘countries around the world are dealing with rising inflation’, and he ‘stands readyto offer further support to Britonswhile stressing that he cannot ‘protect people completelyfrom pain.

    Opposition parties are urging an emergency Budget to slash VAT and help struggling Britons who are ‘on the brink’.

    But there are mounting signs of splits in Cabinet over how to respond, with Foreign Secretary Liz Truss suggesting more tax cuts are needed and slating the idea of a windfall tax on energy firmssomething Mr Sunak has said he is seriously considering.

    Experts warned that ‘this is what Stagflation looks like’, as the UK economy stalls and teeters towards recession after the pandemic and Ukraine war caused chaos.

    Analysts said another interest rate hike next month is now ‘inevitable’, potentially to 1.25 per cento, as the Bank of England scrambles to stop prices spiralling out of control. But the Pound still dipped further against the US dollar as investors priced in the increasingly grim situation.

    Threadneedle Street governor Andrew Bailey infuriated ministers earlier this week when he delivered an extraordinary warning that ‘apocalypticfood price rises are in the pipeline.

    He admitted that the Bank is largely ‘helplessto prevent the ‘very real income shockand unemployment will rise.

    The unrelentingly miserable news continued with pump prices reaching new records, of 167.64p for petrol and 180.88p for diesel.

    In a further headache for ministers, the RPI measure of inflation has rocketed even higher to 11.1 per cent in Aprilwith unions threatening strikes unless that is used as the basis for pay rises in the public sector.

    As Britons are buffeted by the fallout from Ukraine and the pandemic hangover:

    • Unite chief Sharon Graham threatened strike action against employers who do not give pay rises in line with inflation, saying calls for wage restraint should be directed at FTSE 100 chief executives;
    • The average cost of a litre of petrol at UK forecourts on Tuesday was 167.6p, higher than the previous record of 167.3p set on March 22 – the day before Mr Sunak announced a 5p cut in fuel duty. Diesel prices have risen to 180.9p;
    • Tories have warned the Bank of England not to overreact now by pushing up interest rates too quickly, dooming the country to recession;
    • The average UK house price jumped by £24,000 in the year to March, secondo i dati ufficiali.
    Newly-modelled figures from the ONS show that CPI would have last been above the April 2022 level of 9 per cento a marzo 1982 - quando era 9.1 per cento

    Newly-modelled figures from the ONS show that CPI would have last been above the April 2022 level of 9 per cento a marzo 1982 – quando era 9.1 per cento

    Boris Johnson was flanked by Rishi Sunak at PMQs today as he clashed with political opponents over the cost-of-living crisis

    Boris Johnson was flanked by Rishi Sunak at PMQs today as he clashed with political opponents over the cost-of-living crisis

    Mr Johnson frantically dodged at PMQs this afternoon as he was grilled by Keir Starmer (nella foto) over whether he will bring in a windfall tax on energy firms' profits - amid signs of splits in the Cabinet on the idea

    Mr Johnson frantically dodged at PMQs this afternoon as he was grilled by Keir Starmer (nella foto) over whether he will bring in a windfall tax on energy firmsprofitsamid signs of splits in the Cabinet on the idea

    Sharp increases in snergy and other household bills have been driving the recent spike in inflation

    Sharp increases in snergy and other household bills have been driving the recent spike in inflation

    The Bank of England has predicted that inflation will keep rising and hit 10.25 per cent by the end of the year - before falling back again

    The Bank of England has predicted that inflation will keep rising and hit 10.25 per cent by the end of the yearbefore falling back again

    How inflation threatens families and the public finances

    Inflation has long been seen as one of the biggest threats to economies.

    In extreme examples, it has spiralled out of control and sparked panic.

    The German Weimar Republic effectively collapsed after the value of the mark went from around 90 marks to the US dollar in 1921 per 7,400 marks to the dollar in 1921.

    In Zimbabwe between 2008 e 2009 the monthly inflation rate was estimated to have reached a mind-boggling 79.6billion per cent.

    Although inflation has faded in the minds of Britons who have become used to ultra-low interest rates and stable prices, it caused chaos here in the 1970s.

    Deregulation of the mortgage market, the emergence of credit cards and an overheating economy drove the rate to an eye-watering 25 per cento a 1975.

    People would rush to buy goods with their wages after pay-day, as the costs were rising so quickly.

    Strikes erupted as there was pressure for pay packets to keep pace with prices.

    Unemployment rose as the economy tipped into recession, and the government had to pump up interest rates in a bid to bolster the pound and control the surge.

    That meant mortgage interest payments spiked into double digits.

    And as a result servicing the national debt became a serious problem.

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    At a bruising PMQs, Sir Keir urged Mr Johnson to stop the ‘hokey-cokeyand do an ‘inevitable U-turnon the windfall tax.

    The Labour leader said: 'La settimana scorsa, he said ‘we will have a look at it’. Ieri, he voted against it. Anyone picking up the papers today would think they are for it. And now he says he is against it again. Clear as mud.

    'Ad essere onesti, it’s not like the rest of his Cabinet know what they think either. The same day the Chancellor said it was something he was looking at, the Justice Secretary said it would be disastrous.

    ‘The Business Secretary called it a bad idea. But also said he would consider a Spanish-style windfall tax. One minute they’re ruling it in. The next, they are ruling it out. When will he stop the hokey-cokey and just back Labour’s plan for a windfall tax to cut household bills?’

    Il deputato laburista Fabian Hamilton ha sollevato la foto alla Camera dei Comuni al PMQ all'ora di pranzo mentre evidenziava il caso di una persona del suo collegio elettorale che ha ricevuto cure ospedaliere durante il blocco ma non ha potuto essere visitata dalla propria famiglia perché si è attenuta alle regole: ‘This country and the world faces problems in the cost of energy driven partly by Covid and partly by (Vladimir) Putin’s war of choice in Ukraine. And we know, we always knew that there will be a a short-term cost in weaning ourselves off Putin’s hydrocarbons, and in sanctioning the Russian economy.

    ‘Everybody in this House voted for those sanctions. We knew that it would be tough, but I just want to tell the right honourable gentleman that giving in, not sticking the course would ultimately be that far greater economic risk.

    Ha aggiunto: ‘We will look at measures, we will look at all the measures that we need to take, to get people through to the other side but the only reason we can do that is because we took the tough decisions that were necessary during the pandemic, which would not have been possible if we listened to him.

    Mr Johnson accused Sir Keir of having a ‘lust to raise taxes’.

    On the windfall tax he said: ‘We don’t relish it, we don’t want to do it, of course we don’t want to do it, we believe in jobs and we believe in investment and we believe in growth.

    ‘As it happens, the oil companies concerned are on track to invest about £70billion into our economy over the next few years, they’re already taxed at a rate of 40 per cento.’

    Mr Johnson ha aggiunto: ‘Of course we will look at all sensible measures but we will be driven by considerations of growth, investment and employment.

    After the exchanges, Downing Street urged oil and gas companies to ‘go furtherin investing profits amid growing calls for the Government to impose a windfall tax.

    Downing Street non sarebbe stata attratta dalle affermazioni su Roman Abramovich fatte ai Comuni: ‘We do want them to go further, recognising they’ve already put billions of pounds into renewable energy, but as yet we have not set a timeline.

    però, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss took a much more negative stance on a levy in a round of interviews this morning.

    She cautioned that the move would make it ‘difficult to attract future investment into our country’.

    Mr Sunak said in a statement after the figures this morning: ‘Today’s inflation numbers are driven by the energy price cap rise in April, which in turn is driven by higher global energy prices.

    ‘We cannot protect people completely from these global challenges but are providing significant support where we can, and stand ready to take further action.

    ‘We’re saving the average worker £330 a year through reducing National Insurance Contributions, changing Universal Credit to save over a million families around £1,000 a year, and providing millions of families with £350 each this year to help with their energy bills.

    ONS Chief Economist Grant Fitzner said: ‘Inflation rose steeply in April, driven by the sharp climb in electricity and gas prices as the higher price cap came into effect. Around three-quarters of the increase in the annual rate this month came from utility bills.

    ‘We have also published new modelled historical estimates today which show that CPI annual inflation was last higher forty years ago.

    ‘Steep annual rises in the cost of metals, chemicals and crude oil also continued, along with higher prices for goods leaving factory gates. This was driven by increases for food products, transport equipment and metals, machinery and equipment.

    però, Ms Truss suggested that the government had to do more to create a ‘low tax economy’, dodging whether she had backed the national insurance hike.

    ‘I know he’s looking at this very, very urgently,’ Ms Truss said.

    ‘He’s already offered additional support

    ‘The key response to the huge global inflation crisis we are facing is to make sure our economy grows.

    ‘That is what is going to help people, it’s going to help people in work… to do that we need to attract business investment.

    ‘We have been successful at attracting business investment so far, we need to do more.

    ‘What we know is that a low tax economy helps to deliver that business investment, helps to deliver those jobs.

    ‘I know the Chancellor is looking at all of those things.

    Ha detto a Good Morning Britain di ITV: ‘We’ve got the lowest unemployment since 1974. That’s a positive thing. But now we need to get the economic growth up.

    ‘We need to attract investment, and this is why having a low tax economy is so important. We’re competing for investment with other countries.

    Cabinet tensions as Truss urges ‘low-taxresponse to cost-of-living crisis

    Cabinet tensions ramped today as I media statali di Putin scherzano sul ministro degli Esteri del Regno Unito "pronto per un'atmosfera fredda". urged a ‘low taxresponse to the cost-of-living crisis and dismissed the idea of a windfall tax on energy firms.

    Il I media statali di Putin scherzano sul ministro degli Esteri del Regno Unito "pronto per un'atmosfera fredda". risked inflaming a growing Tory row by making clear she wanted to prioritise reducing the burden on families and businesses.

    She also dodged on whether she had supported the national insurance hike, and cautioned that a one-off levy on the soaring profits of oil and gas giants would make it ‘difficult to attract future investment into our country’.

    The comments came despite Chancellor Rishi Sunak hinting at a possible U-turn on a windfall taxsomething that has been demanded by Labour.

    Mr Sunak struck a different tone in the Commons yesterday, l'organismo di vigilanza fiscale, l'Ufficio per la responsabilità di bilancio, ha affermato che la dichiarazione ha sbloccato solo un sesto degli aumenti fiscali imposti da febbraio: ‘We are pragmatic and what we want to see are energy companies who have made extraordinary profits at a time of acutely elevated prices investing those profits back into British jobs, growth and energy security.

    ‘But as I have been clear, and as I have said repeatedly, if that doesn’t happen soon and at significant scale then no option is off the table.

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    The British Chambers of Commerce said the ‘unprecedentedimpact of rising inflation meant a ‘real chanceof a recession later this year.

    BCC head of economics Suren Thiru called for Rishi Sunak to reverse the rise in National Insurance Contributions and cut VAT on business energy bills to 5 per cento.

    Egli ha detto: ‘The jump in UK inflation in April is eye-watering and underscores the growing cost-of-living crisis facing households and the damaging squeeze on firmsability to invest and operate at full capacity.

    ‘The marked acceleration in the headline rate in April reflected the continued upward pressure on prices from surging energy and commodity costs, as well as the energy price cap rise and the reversal of the VAT reduction for hospitality in the month.

    ‘The scale at which inflation is damaging key drivers of UK output, including consumer spending and business investment, is unprecedented and means there is a real chance the UK will be in recession by the third quarter of the year.

    Another interest rate rise in June was ‘inevitablebut that would do little to address global factors driving inflation up, Egli ha detto.

    The respected Institute for Fiscal Studies economic think-tank suggested the inflation rate experienced by the poorest household could be closer to 11 per cento.

    ‘As poorest households spend more of their total budget on gas and electricity, we now see inflation hitting the poorest households harder,’according to analysis by the think tank’s Heidi Karjalainen and Peter Levell said.

    Trova l'offerta migliore sul tuo prossimo mutuo per la casa utilizzando il servizio di mutuo This is Money, the bottom 10 per cent of the population in terms of income faced a rate of inflation rate of 10.9 per cento, which was three percentage points higher than the inflation rate of the richest 10 per cento.

    ‘Most of this difference comes from the fact that the poorest households spend 11 per cent of their total household budget on gas and electricity, rispetto a 4 per cent for the richest households.

    The Resolution Foundation (che raccoglie le onde radio dai router che sono fino a), which focuses on living standards, estimated that the poorest households faced a rate of 10.2 per cento.

    The difference is largely due to soaring energy bills, with the price cap increasing by £693 for the typical family in April.

    For the poorest households, energy costs make up a greater proportion of expenditure than for wealthier counterparts.

    The IFS said the poorest households spend 11 per cent of their total household budget on gas and electricity, rispetto a 4 per for the richest households.

    The rising cost of food is also a factor, with prices rising by 6.7 per cento, their highest rate since 2011.

    The Joseph Rowntree Foundation said parents are skipping meals to ensure their children can eat and others are cutting back on showers to save water.

    Rebecca McDonald, the foundation’s senior economist, disse: ‘Inflation has hit a 40-year high. Yet last month, with prices already climbing, the Chancellor chose not to uprate benefits in line with inflation, leaving the basic rate of benefits at its lowest for 35 anni.’

    Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan warned there are likely to be a ‘couple of bumps to get throughbefore inflation settles down.

    Ms Trevelyan told an event at Bloomberg’s headquarters in London: ‘This is something we have to tackle across the board.

    House prices jump by £24,000 in 12 mesi

    The average UK house price jumped by £24,000 in the year to March, secondo i dati ufficiali.

    The typical property value was £278,000 in March 2022 – following a £24,000 annual increase, the Office for National Statistics (NOI) disse.

    The annual growth rate in March, a 9.8 per cento, was lower than an 11.3 per cent annual increase in February.

    Average house prices increased over the year in England to a record level of £298,000 (un 9.9 per cent annual increase), in Wales to £206,000 (11.7 per cento), in Scotland to £181,000 (8 per cento) and in Northern Ireland to £165,000 (10.4 per cento).

    All'interno dell'Inghilterra, the East Midlands had the highest annual house price growth, with average prices increasing by 12.4 per cent in the year to March.

    The lowest annual house price growth was in London, where average prices increased by 4.8 per cent over the year to March.

    London’s average house prices remain the most expensive in the UK, with an average price of £524,000 in March.

    ONS house prices statistician Ceri Lewis said: ‘Our latest figures continue to show house prices increasing and remaining at record levels.

    ‘UK rental prices are also still growing rapidly across all nations and regions. After the falls seen last year, London rental prices continue to pick up with their strongest growth since November 2020.

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    ‘And the worry we always have is that inflation tends to have two bumps to it.

    ‘You have the initial one that is caused by this energy spike and immediate global rise but what can follow is the longer term impact and indeed through food production and particularly with disruption to Ukraine.

    ‘So we know that we will probably have a couple of bumps to get through before we will see, ha detto il produttore Iain MacLeod, stabilisation and a reduction as the energy crisis settles.

    Energy prices drove most of the record rises in inflation seen last month, but costs in supermarkets, restaurants and pubs also added to the pressure felt by households.

    The Office for National Statistics said most of the rise was due to the 54 per cent hike in the energy price cap, but price on all but two of the more than 80 items that the ONS tracks have risen over the past year.

    According to Retail Price Index figureswhich are slightly different to the CPIthe price of unprocessed potatoes dropped 1.2 per cent in the year to April, while audio-visual equipment became 3 per cent less expensive.

    For everything else prices went up. Overall food prices rose 6.8 per cento, the figures show, with meats, oils and some animal products especially hit.

    The rise across meat categories was clear: lamb was the worst hit, su 14.2 per cento, followed by poultry (10.4 per cento) and beef (9.8 per cento) while pork got off with a lighter 4.9 per cent rise.

    Butter prices rose 11.8 per cent and the price of oils and other fats soared 18.2 per cent over the last year after fears of a shortage sparked by the war in Ukraine.

    The price of fresh milk also rose rapidly, su 13.2 per cento, while sugar and preserves rose 12.2 per cento.

    Away from food, households were also hit by an 8.1 per cnt extra price on their restaurant bills, while the price of takeaways and snacks rose 6.5 per cento.

    Drinking at a pub got more expensive too, with the cost of beer up 4.9 per cent and wine rising 6.2 per cento. Alcohol prices increased less rapidly in off licences and supermarkets.

    Food and Drink Federation chief executive Karen Betts said that the figures are slightly worse than food manufacturers had feared.

    ‘This is a very worrying time for many households, and food and drink businesses are continuing to do everything they can to contain food-price inflation,’ lei disse.

    Energy costs drive surge in UK inflation

    Energy prices drove most of the record rises in inflation seen last month, but costs in supermarkets, restaurants and pubs also added to the pressure felt by households.

    The Office for National Statistics said most of the rise was due to the 54 per cent hike in the energy price cap, but price on all but two of the more than 80 items that the ONS tracks have risen over the past year.

    According to Retail Price Index figureswhich are slightly different to the CPIthe price of unprocessed potatoes dropped 1.2 per cent in the year to April, while audio-visual equipment became 3 per cent less expensive.

    For everything else prices went up. Overall food prices rose 6.8 per cento, the figures show, with meats, oils and some animal products especially hit.

    The rise across meat categories was clear: lamb was the worst hit, su 14.2 per cento, followed by poultry (10.4 per cento) and beef (9.8 per cento) while pork got off with a lighter 4.9 per cent rise.

    Butter prices rose 11.8 per cent and the price of oils and other fats soared 18.2 per cent over the last year after fears of a shortage sparked by the war in Ukraine.

    The price of fresh milk also rose rapidly, su 13.2 per cento, while sugar and preserves rose 12.2 per cento.

    Away from food, households were also hit by an 8.1 per cnt extra price on their restaurant bills, while the price of takeaways and snacks rose 6.5 per cento.

    Drinking at a pub got more expensive too, with the cost of beer up 4.9 per cent and wine rising 6.2 per cento. Alcohol prices increased less rapidly in off licences and supermarkets.

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    ‘Ingredient price rises have been relentless for more than a year now, as a result of pressures in the global supply chain caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

    ‘The war in Ukraine, with both Ukraine and Russia important suppliers of commodities like wheat and food oils, as well as energy and fertiliser, has made the situation worse.

    Energy prices are also feeding into the rising food costsfarmers and food factories need gas, petrol and electricity to run their businesses and have to pass these costs onto customers.

    Fears are mounting of an inflazione spiral after figures yesterday showed wages spiking and unemployment dropping to a five-decade low.

    Pay including bonuses jumped 7 per cent and was up 9.9 per cent in March as firms ramped up rewards to keep staff amid a booming jobs market.

    però, regular pay was only up by 4.2 per cent – meaning a 1.2 per cent fall when inflation was taken into account.

    There is also a big divide in different sectors, with finance and business services workers seeing a 10.7 per cent increase in their packets and employees in retailing, hotels and restaurants 8.5 per cento.

    In contrast public sector staff had a 1.6 per cent risealthough they did fare better than the private sector during the pandemic.

    The pressure on the labour market was also laid bare with the UK’s jobless rate tumbling to 3.7 per cent in the quarter to March – the lowest since 1974.

    Per garantire che la magia non muoia mai, there were fewer unemployed people than job vacancies.

    Shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves said: ‘Today’s inflation data will add to the worries families already face as prices soar and pay packets are crunched.

    ‘It makes it even more unconscionable that – while they pile taxes on working people in the midst of this crisis – the Conservatives voted last night against a windfall tax on oil and gas producer profits to cut familiesenergy bills.

    ‘Our country faces a cost of living crisis, and a growth crisis. Neither are inevitable but a consequence of government policies and Conservative choices.

    ‘We need an Emergency Budget now from the government to tackle the cost of living crisis, and we need a real plan for growth so we have a fairer and more prosperous economy.

    The Bank of England's latest projections for GDP and inflation made miserable reading

    The Bank of England’s latest projections for GDP and inflation made miserable reading

    Inflation and interest rates both spiked in the 1970s - but Professor David Blanchflower said the UK faced a different situation today

    Inflation and interest rates both spiked in the 1970sbut Professor David Blanchflower said the UK faced a different situation today

    Rishi Sunak ‘mulls bring 1p income tax cut forward to THIS this yearamid cost-of-living crisis

    Rishi Sunak is considering bringing forward a 1p income tax cut and increasing the warm home discount by hundreds of pounds amid urgent calls for the Government to tackle the [object Window] crisi.

    Conservative MPs are urging the Chancellor to take action as quickly as possible to help households struggling with rising prices.

    The Office for National statistics recorded inflation at 7% in March and on Wednesday it is expected to unveil a figure of 8% for April, mentre il La Banca d'Inghilterra ne scopre la proprietà has said inflation is likely to peak at 10.25% during the final quarter of 2022.

    Rishi Sunak and his Treasury ministers have suggested new measures to help ease cost-of-living pressures are being developed but will not be introduced imminently, i news rapporti.

    The warm home discount will give three million of England and Walespoorest homes £150 off their bills from October, but Treasury officials have also drawn up plans for a one-off increase of £300, £500 or possibly £600 to battle rising energy prices, I tempi rapporti.

    The extra measures could cost more than £1 billion and would be directly funded by the government, instead of being levied on energy bills as under the current system.

    Sunak is reportedly drawn to this approach partly because there is a lower risk of it becoming permanent.

    Anche, the basic rate of income tax cut from 20p to 19p is set to take effect in April 2024, but Treasury sources said Mr Sunak is thinking about bringing it forward by one year, announcing it at the Budget in the autumn.

    Officials are now said to be looking into deficit projections from the Office for Budget Responsibility to figure out if the change would be affordable.

    Ministers face demands for 11 PER CENT public sector pay rises as unions dismiss calls for restraint and threaten strike action in ‘summer of discontent

    Trade unions today ramped up warnings of widespread strike action if workerspay packets are not given a boost of more than 10 per cento.

    Union leaders seized on the latest inflazione data to ratchet up their demands for salary rises.

    They also outlined plans for industrial action to add to fears of a looming ‘summer of discontent’.

    Official figures showed inflation has now soared to an eye-watering 40-year high with the headline CPI rate rising to nine per cent in April.

    The RPI rate, which also takes into account housing costs, stood even higher at 11.1 per cent last month.

    This is the rate that is used by many trade unions in their pay claims for public sector staff and other workers.

    Immediately after the inflation figures were released, unions demanded Chancellor Rishi Sunak come forward with an emergency budget to deal with the cost-of-living crisis.

    They also warned of strike action if wage rises were not forthcoming and took a fresh swipe at Bank of England Governor Andrew Baileywho this week doubled down on his controversial call for workers to show restraint when asking for pay increases, in order to avoid exacerbating inflation.

    The fresh warnings of industrial action in the weeks to come add to concerns about chaos on Britain’s rail network this summer as unions plot a nationwide strike.

    The RPI rate, which also takes into account housing costs, stood even higher at 11.1 per cent last month

    The RPI rate, which also takes into account housing costs, stood even higher at 11.1 per cent last month

    Sharon Graham, the general secretary of the Unite union, said that 'alarm bells are ringing very loudly now' as she reiterated her warning of strike action

    Sharon Graham, the general secretary of the Unite union, said that ‘alarm bells are ringing very loudly nowas she reiterated her warning of strike action

    Responding to today’s inflation figures, Sharon Graham, the general secretary of the Unite union, said that ‘alarm bells are ringing very loudly now’.

    ‘Earnings are being pummelled, the government is, shamefully, turning its back on those in need and employers are squeezing wages,’ lei ha aggiunto.

    'Così, we will absolutely take no more lectures on pay restraint from the millionaire governor of the Bank of England.

    Reiterating her union’s threat of strikes, Ms Graham said: ‘Unite’s answer to the current crisis is that employers who can pay decent wages but won’t will face industrial action.

    ‘I can tell you that we don’t intend to shift from that.

    TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortesm whose union is currently mulling a nationwide rail strike, called for the Chancellor to present an emergency budget ‘within days’.

    ‘The Government has repeatedly failed to understand the extent of the crisis facing the average citizen never mind those on low incomes,’ Egli ha detto.

    ‘Ministers must now change direction and take action to reduce energy bills and boost pay.

    ‘The alternative is unthinkable, because it will see many people forced to choose between heating and eating.

    TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady pointed to the Covid pandemic as showing how ‘the Government can act to help business and workers if they want to’.

    ‘The Chancellor must step up with an emergency budget that helps families with a boost to Universal Credit and the minimum wage, and we urgently need a windfall tax on oil and gas to fund energy grants for struggling households,’ lei ha aggiunto.

    Mike Clancy, general secretary of the Prospect union, called for ministers to ‘get realand introduce an ’emergency budget to provide more support with energy bills and an end to real terms cuts in pay for public sector workers’.

    Unison general secretary Christina McAnea also demanded ’emergency supportfor hard-pressed Britons from ministers.

    ‘Boosting benefits and lifting public sector wages above rising costs are a must if families are to have any hope,’ lei disse.

    Gary Smith, GMB general secretary, disse: ‘Pay dropping at the same time as inflation runs rampant could spell disaster for too many working people.

    ‘Real wages have suffered their biggest drop for a decadeyet the boss of the Bank of England still thinks people shouldn’t ask for a pay rise.

    Unions demanded Chancellor Rishi Sunak come forward with an emergency budget to deal with the cost-of-living crisis

    Unions demanded Chancellor Rishi Sunak come forward with an emergency budget to deal with the cost-of-living crisis

    Transport Secretary Grant Shapps this week warned unions that plans widespread rail strikes will sit ‘very badlywith taxpayers who forked out to save the industry during Covid.

    He questioned why union leaders were pushing ‘hugely damagingand ‘self-defeatingindustrial action at a time when railways are still recovering from the impact of the pandemic.

    La Ferrovia, Maritime and Transport Workers Union (RMT) are currently balloting more than 40,000 members working across 15 train operators over a possible national rail strike.

    The action, over pay, jobs and conditions, could begin as early as next month and would potentially be the ‘biggest rail strike in modern history’, according to the union.

    The RMT today announced London Underground workers at two Tube stations are to strike on one of the Jubilee bank holidays in a row over bullying.

    The Transport Salaried Staffs’ Associazione (TSSA) are also mulling a nationwide rail strike, while Unite has floated strike action among its rail workersincluding on the London Underground.

    Boris Johnson (giusto), Grant Shapps (centro) and Sadiq Khan (sinistra) took a ride on the Elizabeth Line this week to mark its completion - but there are fears rail services will be disrupted by strikes this summer

    Boris Johnson (giusto), Grant Shapps (centro) and Sadiq Khan (sinistra) took a ride on the Elizabeth Line this week to mark its completionbut there are fears rail services will be disrupted by strikes this summer

    RMT general secretary Mick Lynch has urged his union's members to vote in favour of strike action

    TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes called for the Chancellor to present an emergency budget 'within days'

    RMT general secretary Mick Lynch has urged his union’s members to vote in favour of strike action on Britain’s railways, while TSSA boss Manuel Cortes has demanded an emergency budget ‘within days

    There is a prospect of Britons being subject to a 'summer of discontent' as widespread strikes cause misery on the rail network

    There is a prospect of Britons being subject to a ‘summer of discontentas widespread strikes cause misery on the rail network

    Mr Shapps said strikes were the ‘last thing the country needsas the UK continues its recovery from the Coronavirus crisis.

    ‘We’ve supported a network that was carrying nobody,’ the Cabinet minister told I tempi, as he pointed to the £16bn emergency bailout handed to railways during Covid.

    ‘Taxpayers have generously supported it, pitching in £600 a family towards saving the railway.

    ‘The idea that the thanks people then get is a strike will, credo, sit very badly with people.

    As well as a pay dispute, union leaders are warning of strikes in a bid to get guarantees there won’t be compulsory redundancies or ‘detrimentalchanges to working practices.

    The RMT have also claimed 1,000 ticket offices across the rail network are at risk of closure.

    But the Transport Secretary insisted the network ‘must update itself’.

    ‘I’m very confident about the prospects of the railway but why damage that now with a hugely damaging strike that is self-defeating, for a railway which must update itself?,’ Ha aggiunto.

    ‘Travel patterns have changed, the way people buy their tickets has changed. The idea that work practices don’t change is clearly nonsense.

    RMT general secretary Mick Lynch has urged his union’s members to vote in favour of strike action in order to ‘bust the pay-freeze, save your conditions and to ensure your job security’.

    ‘Train operating companies have praised our members for being key workers during the pandemic but have refused to keep staff pay in line with inflation and soaring living costs,’ he said last month.

    'Di conseguenza, thousands of railway workers have seen their living standards plummet and have run out of patience.