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Policy chief: Supporting families through the cost of living crisis 'is PM's number one priority'

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Supporting families through the cost of living crisis ‘is Boris Johnson’s number one priority’, policy chief claims

Supporting families through the cost-of-living crisis is Boris Johnson’s No1 priority, the PM’s policy chief insists.

Andrew Griffith, director of the No10 Policy Unit, accepted that many of the Government’s proposals to address soaring bills were longer-term measures.

But he insisted Mr Johnson was determined to help families in the short term – such as through the council tax rebate and cut to fuel duty.

Andrew Griffith, director of the No10 Policy Unit, accepted that many of the Government’s proposals to address soaring bills were longer-term measures

Andrew Griffith, director of the No10 Policy Unit, accepted that many of the Government’s proposals to address soaring bills were longer-term measures

He told The Daily Telegraph: ‘What you’ve got to look at with a Queen’s Speech and a legislative programme, particularly in year three of the Government, is what are the things that are going to make a difference. Potentially some are in the medium and longer term and that’s about building the right foundations for future growth. There are other things that we’ve done that speak much more directly to the cost of living. It is people’s No1 priority. It’s the Prime Minister’s No1 priority.’

Mr Griffith also said he believed ‘individuals spend money on balance better than governments do’, adding: ‘People should keep more of what they earn. That provides the incentive for people to be in employment and to take control as much as they can of their lives.’

It comes as Labour frontbencher Ed Miliband suggested the Chancellor will impose a windfall tax on energy giants to help families deal with the cost-of-living crisis.

Labour will put forward an amendment to the Queen’s Speech in the Commons tomorrow for a one-off windfall tax on oil and gas firms’ bumper profits.

He insisted Mr Johnson was determined to help families in the short term – such as through the council tax rebate and cut to fuel duty

He insisted Mr Johnson was determined to help families in the short term – such as through the council tax rebate and cut to fuel duty

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