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Liz Truss rejects ‘handouts’ as way to tackle cost of living crisis

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The Conservative leadership frontrunner, Liz Truss, has rejected “handouts” as a way of helping people affected by the cost of living crisis.Truss said she would press ahead with proposed tax cuts despite claims they would fuel inflation and “kiss goodbye” to the Conservatives’ chances of winning the next election.With mounting pressure as households face a financial squeeze, the foreign secretary rejected handouts and insisted on tax cuts costing more than £30bn as the country spirals towards a recession.“Of course I will look at what more can be done,” Truss told the Financial Times. “But the way I would do things is in a Conservative way of lowering the tax burden, not giving out handouts.”Truss’s Tory leadership rival, Rishi Sunak, who has proposed tackling rising prices before tax cuts, said the party could “kiss goodbye” to the chance of winning the next election should they not bring inflation under control quickly.Speaking at a leadership hustings in Eastbourne on Friday, the former chancellor said there would be “no hope that we’re going to win that next election” amid rising prices.On Thursday, the Bank of England forecast inflation to soar to 13% in October, as it raised interest rates for a sixth successive time.

The bank’s inflation target is 2%.Workers have been warned against asking for pay rises and more than half of Britons are cutting back on their gas and electricity usage at home due to the worsening cost of living crisis, according to the Office for National Statistics.“If we don’t act now to prevent inflation becoming persistent, the consequences later will be worse and will require larger increases in interest rates,” said Andrew Bailey, the Bank’s governor. “Returning inflation to its 2% target

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