One of Liz Truss’s key ministerial assistants has hinted that she could prevent the wealthy from receiving payment of £400 energy bills from the Treasury later this year.
Treasury Secretary Simon Clarke said he found it “very strange” that high earners would benefit from the payment, announced in May by then-Chancellor Rishi Sunak as part of a £15bn energy aid package.
Clarke spoke in an interview with the Sunday Telegraph as a spokesperson for the traverse campaign, which has over the past week revised its stance on energy bills and sought to quash suggestions that traverse should be on it. The most targeted are against the offer. Help.
Clarke was Sunak’s deputy in May when the Treasury announced that each household would receive a payment of £400 from October, mainly in installments as a rebate on energy bills. It was the universal element in a package that removed the extra £15billion available to pay for those most in need.
In his interview, Clark said: “I find it very strange that people with high incomes are getting £400 off their bills. Surely, as Conservatives, we must believe in putting taxpayers’ money to the best possible use’ so that we really get the best price and drain the Treasury as little as possible.
“It’s not a perfect result, to put it very simply, people who don’t need it get a huge sum from the state. It’s clearly not a targeted package, is it?”
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At the start of the Tory leadership campaign, Truss proposed the key actions that should be implemented as Prime Minister to help those facing rising energy bills, a rollback to social security increases and a temporary environmental levy on energy bills. must be removed
Truss dismissed complaints that these measures would do little to help those in need – and that cutting Social Security would help the high earners the most – and in an interview with the Financial Times this month. In it, she appeared to oppose lump sum payments to those most in need. When asked what she would do about energy bills, she said: “I will work conservatively to reduce the tax burden and not hand out handouts.”
But that comment was seen as a mistake, and within days the carrier insisted on offering targeted support to people with energy bills. Clarke’s interview suggests the Truss campaign is trying to present itself even more in favor of targeted support than Sunak, who is defending the £400 universal payout.
Two big supporters of the truss – former Labor and Pensions Secretary Ian Duncan Smith and Therese Coffey, current Labor and Pensions Secretary – reportedly urged those in need to use universal credit as a way to get extra support for energy bills. are in.
The truss campaign did not say whether it would definitely stop the wealthy from receiving the £400 payment, or how it might be achieved. Universal payments are easy to manage; This means testing is much more complex and is best managed through a profit system.
In his interview, Clark attacked one of Sunak’s policies as chancellor – his decision to back the G7-backed plan for Britain to introduce a minimum corporate tax of 15%. “There is no doubt that we did not leave the EU to exercise our discretion on such matters,” Clark said.
Truss agreed, he claimed. “I know she will not allow her government to be artificially curtailed,” he said.