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Tory MP gives ‘ludicrous’ advice, if you want to be able to afford rising prices work ‘more hours’ or get ‘a better paid job’

16th May 22 11:21 am

Millions of people across the UK are struggling to make ends meet as the cost of living is taking its toll, now a Tory MP has given some advice, if you want to be able to afford rising prices work “more hours” or get “a better paid job.”

Tory MP Rachel Maclean who is the Safeguarding Minister in the Home Office also admitted that this will not work for many families.

Maclean also said for some people the solution could also be to find additional work which could help with rising energy bills and soaring inflation.

Maclean told Sky News, “I think what we need to focus on now is over the long-term.

“We do have these short-term pressures on us that we’re all aware of.

“But over the long-term we need to have a plan to grow the economy and make sure that people are able to protect themselves better, whether that is by taking on more hours or moving to a better-paid job.

“These are long-term actions but that is what we are focused on as a government.”

The Tory MP said she is not “suggesting for one moment” that this option will work for everyone, she added, “It may be right for some people, they may be able to access additional hours, but, of course, it is not going to work for people who are already in three jobs.

“That’s why we need to have the other measures, such as all the help we are putting into schools, the help with the local authorities … and that’s where we are going to target help to where it is most needed.”

Labour shadow cabinet minister Ian Murray said the “ludicrous” advice appeared to hark back to Margaret Thatcher’s era of government.

The shadow Scotland secretary said, “Sounds like the Norman Tebbit ‘get on your bike’ instructions from the 1980s.

“It’s so out of touch with reality that I’m sure the minister knows how ludicrous it is, but they’ll defend Boris Johnson at all costs.”

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady, is calling for an emergency Budget to help with the crisis, she said, “Working people don’t need lectures – they need help.

“Millions are working flat out but are still struggling to cover the basics.

“It’s a bit rich for Ministers to tell people to find better-paid work – especially when they have presided over an explosion of low-paid and insecure jobs.”

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