Cost of Living Increase: Impact on Households

Part of Treasury – in the House of Commons on 15th March 2022.

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Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper Conservative, Forest of Dean

The impact on energy prices of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the sanctions will inevitably mean that Britain is poorer. There is nothing that we can do about that overall, but we can help to smooth the impact. I welcome the announcement this morning that there are 275,000 extra people on payroll. What more can the Chancellor do to improve companies’ ability to hire workers and to enable people to keep more of their own money; for example, through the reduction in the taper rate on universal credit?