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Rishi Sunak’s £15bn cost of living package is a sticking plaster with some obvious gaps

The report into Downing Street parties probably helped force the government’s hand, argues James Moore. But the scale of the cost of living crisis means we may be here again before too long, as prices continue to rise

Thursday 26 May 2022 21:30
<p>Rishi Sunak announced it but Sue Gray deserves the credit</p>

Rishi Sunak announced it but Sue Gray deserves the credit

It was the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, who announced the government’s £15bn package of measures to address the cost of living crisis – but if you want to know who to thank, you should look to Sue Gray.

If there were laws mandating transparency in political thought, he would have called this the “Sue Gray Support Package and Windfall Tax”.

It was Gray’s damning report, with all its pictures, into the behaviour at lockdown-party central – otherwise known as No 10 Downing Street – that forced the government’s hand.

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