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Iceland boss pleads with No. 10 for radical action on cost of living crisis | Great Britain cost of living crisis

One of British Major retailers contacted number 10 directly with a plea prepare immediate and radical cost of the life of the package against the backdrop of warnings that wide help for enterprises and direct cash help will be needed to bring down runaway energy costs.

In an interview with in ObserverRichard Walker, manager director of frozen food seller Iceland, said he contacted Downing Street out of concern that the “half-baked response” touted by potential successors to Boris Johnson fail to solve the scale of people needs.

Walker warned that a plan being discussed by Tory leader Liz Truss to reduce business rates for small- and medium-sized companies would not fit the size of in challenge.

“It’s absolutely urgent,” Walker said. “I gladly share our data and findings with [the business department] as well as with Treasury Department. Let’s make a plan up and ready for whoever next prime minister because it’s really urgent. Where the markets are completely shifting like they have with energy markets, it’s time for in government to step otherwise what are they for?

“I’m afraid they’ll do half- baked answer. I read what Liz Truss thinks of farther rate relief for small enterprises. It’s fine, but it won’t even touch the sides. What they need understand it [this affects] big business just like small because it’s exactly the same trouble as us in – there is just more jobs are at risk.”

It happens among warning that by April share of people expenses more than fifth of them net income on energy will increase from 32% to 45.9%. Researchers at York University say 91% of retired couples and 90% of couples with three children will spend more what 10% of them net income on fuel by then. The estimates take into account of a £400 rebate which is paid to all electricity consumers between October and April. next year.

Truss said she didn’t believe in “to give out handouts”, preferring to cut taxes to alleviate the burden on families. However, with more and more evidence that big interventions will be required to help households in winter, Kwasi Kvarteng, business secretary who he is expected to become chancellor of Truss, said:help goes” to the deal with energy crisis.

Walker has access up to No. 10 as a member of this is business advice. He said Iceland stores that work in end discount of in the market were “a barometer of Britain” and were already providing customers with interest-free loans.

Walker said his father was Malcolm, who founded Iceland in 1970, told him that he had never seen a time when households faced such great pressure on Living expenses. “Even dad said he never knew it. like this,” he said. “He told me a lot about retail. in 70s with oil price shock, but it was just one element. If you look at it now, we have commodity prices, up, inflation, labor shortage. We have problems with tariffs, we have electricity bills. It’s all at once.”

He named for energy cap for all businesses huge longer-term energy reforms market and direct help for vulnerable households. “Consumer price cover does not work. Those who Indeed need this is something of our clients who have £25 a week to spend on food will be need direct financial support. It is obvious.

“But way for governments support consumers also to support business because if they don’t, lead to job losses and further inflation. Suppliers come to us us Now I say: “This is not a negotiation. You must accept it price increase, otherwise just should close my business’.

This comes amid speculation that Nadhim Zahavi, current chancellor, painting up options for whoever was announced how new Tory leader and prime minister This week. Many Tories expect “big bazooka” to be aimed at the energy crisis, despite the reluctance of Snap to commit to specific measures so far.

With warnings over degree of a crisis rising as autumn approaches, Zahavi said last a week is not able intervene in the crisis may force A lot of companies over in edge as well as lead to economic “scarring” with longer-term effects. He also insisted that Truss “deliver helpif elected as expected.

Be it Truss or Rishi Sunak who win tory guide, next prime minister subjected to immediate pressure from opposition parties to announce radical proposals, with communities votes over blocking higher energy bills already planned. “Country facing a social catastrophe of which we have not seen in decades,” said Liberal Democrat leader Ed Davey. “Absence of conservative actions government in in face of this impending catastrophe is simply shameless.

“The Liberal Democrats have drafted a bill to freeze energy bills that could be in as soon how new prime minister is in place. Liz Truss or Rishi Sunak should do it their way. first act to cancel this mind-blowing energy price risesave millions of families from sinking into poverty this winter.”

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