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Britons told to work more to handle cost-of-living crisis — Analysis

The Labour Party called Safeguarding minister Rachel Maclean’s suggestions “disconnected from reality”

Britain’s Minister for Safeguarding, Rachel Maclean, told Sky News on Monday that those struggling with the cost-of-living crisis should work more hours or move to a better-paid job. Her Labour Party accusation was that she is a traitor. “disconnected from the realities of people’s lives.”

Maclean had promised the government that it would offer security. “more help”People who are struggling to pay their energy and food bills should not despair. However, they can help each other.

“We have often heard in the past when people are facing problems with their budgets that one of the obstacles – and it may not be for everybody – is about being able to take on more hours or even move to a better-paid job,”She suggested.

“That’s why the job centers exist, that’s why the work coaches exist, that’s why we’ve put the support into those job centers,”She continued before admitting defeat. “of course it’s not going to work for people who are already working in three jobs.”

Britons face skyrocketing fuel and food prices due to inflation, which is predicted to exceed 10% before the year ends. The situation in Ukraine and British sanctions against Russia are exacerbated. According to Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), real household incomes are expected to fall 2.2% this year. Britons will see the greatest drop in living standards ever since 1956 when the records were first started. 

Amid reports that some Brits are already having to choose between food and medication, the Labour Party’s Peter Kyle, who is shadow Northern Ireland secretary, hammered Maclean’s suggestion. 

Describing how he had recently met a single mother with two jobs at a food bank, Kyle told Sky News  that “the idea that she could work longer and therefore not spend more time with her family…I think it’s just disconnected from the realities of people’s lives.”

“What we need ministers to be doing is solving the economic problems that families have because of the economic problems our country faces,”He continued: “their jobs as politicians aren’t just to tell people to work harder, work longer and go for a promotion.”

The Liberal Democrats’ work and pensions spokesperson Wendy Chamberlain also chimed in, calling the Conservative Party “out of touch,”And saying this “millions of families have had to make huge cutbacks and taken on extra work in order to weather the cost of living crisis. They simply cannot do any more.”

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