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We are going to have a cost-of-living crisis next year. It is not just going to suddenly magic away.

People are struggling at the moment because of everything that has happened … with Covid, because of energy bills.

If we borrow, we are just deferring taxation.

What I think the government should do is look at it again and look at how to raise that £12bn, and whether or not it is possible to have windfall taxes on businesses, possibly to increase capital gains tax, to raise the funds that are needed, but we need a cost-of-living package in general.

I would like to see the £4bn they have saved from cutting overseas aid… to use that to cut taxes for the lower paid as well, and also to do something on the green levies which we know amount to roughly 25% of our energy bills.

If they introduced a green escalator going downwards because the international energy price is so high, it could make a huge significant difference to people’s energy bills as they go up by many hundreds of pounds from April onwards.

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