Rishi Sunak says Truss’ tax cut plans will do ‘virtually nothing’ to help poor

RISHI Sunak said Liz Truss’ plans to cut taxes will do “virtually nothing” to help pensioners and lower-income households during the cost of living crisis.

In another day of blue on blue barrages the ex-Chancellor fumed: “You can’t heat your home with hope.”

Rishi Sunak said Liz Truss' plans to cut taxes will do 'virtually nothing' to help pensioners and the poor

Rishi Sunak said Liz Truss’ plans to cut taxes will do ‘virtually nothing’ to help pensioners and the poorCredit: PA

But the ex-Chancellor’s swipe comes as he admitted he would have to borrow billions to fund a new energy household handout, which team Truss brands a “whopping U-turn”.

Mr Sunak has announced that every household will benefit from a £200 reduction in their bills by abolishing VAT on energy at a cost of £5 billion.

In an interview with Times Radio he said: “There are two groups of other people who will need more help – people on very low incomes and pensioners.

“Now, Liz Truss’ tax plans do virtually nothing for those people.”

Team Truss said his pledge to borrow to fund the bung was a “whopping U-turn.”

They said: “He was criticising Liz to the rooftops for her tax cut promises only a few weeks ago so we couldn’t afford extra support for people – it’s a whopping U-turn.

“How can the public trust anything the guy says?”

Rishi Sunak said: 'Liz Truss's tax plans do virtually nothing [for people on very low incomes and pensioners]'

Rishi Sunak said: ‘Liz Truss’s tax plans do virtually nothing [for people on very low incomes and pensioners]’Credit: Getty