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Rishi Sunak spends £500,000 of taxpayers’ cash on focus groups ‘to repair his image’

Rishi Sunak is spending a further £500,000 of taxpayers’ cash on focus groups and polling, new Treasury contracts reveal, sparking a claim that he is trying to “repair his image”.Researchers have been hired to carry out two focus groups and one national online poll each week until February 2023 – taking the total outlay over two years to more than £1.35m, Labour has said.Angela Rayner, the party’s deputy leader, said the chancellor had shifted from testing public opinion about the Covid pandemic to making such spending “a permanent fixture”.The new contracts were awarded after Mr Sunak “told the British...
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Rishi Sunak and Akshata Murty make Sunday Times Rich List

Chancellor Rishi Sunak and his wife Akshata Murty have made the Sunday Times Rich List of the UK's wealthiest 250 people for the first time. Their joint £730m fortune ranks them at 222 of the paper's annual list. Recently, Ms Murty's tax affairs came under scrutiny after it was...

Rishi Sunak and wife hit rich list with £730m fortune amid cost-of-living crisis

Rishi Sunak and wife Akshata Murty have entered The Sunday Times Rich List for the first time with their joint £730 million fortune, as the Chancellor holds out on fresh support to alleviate the cost-of-living crisis for millions of Britons.Their listing among the nation’s wealthy elite also comes after their finances came under intense scrutiny when it emerged Ms Murty holds non-domiciled status allowing her to reduce her UK tax bill.Mr Sunak had been seen as a frontrunner in any leadership contest to replace Boris Johnson but his standing was severely dented by the scrutiny of his family’s exorbitant wealth.The...

Rishi Sunak spent £500,000 of taxpayers’ cash on 'repairing his image' and did the opposite

Not long after making the Sunday Times Rich List, it’s now been revealed Chancellor Rishi Sunak has splashed half a million pounds on focus groups to “repair his image” – news which has only done the opposite.Treasury contracts show researchers have been hired to conduct two focus groups and a national online poll every week until February next year, with Labour claiming the total cost will hit more than £1.35 million.And it comes just days after Mr Sunak told MPs that “trying to borrow and spend our way” out of the cost of living crisis is “the wrong approach”, with...

‘A complete waste of time’: Ken Clarke attacks Sunak for failing to help poor hit by cost of living crisis

Ken Clarke has attacked Rishi Sunak’s efforts to ease the cost of living crisis, warning they are failing to help the poor while rewarding the better-off. The former Conservative chancellor called the 5p fuel duty cut a “complete waste of time” and the £150 council tax rebate to help with soaring energy bills badly targeted.Instead, Mr Sunak should increase universal credit (UC) payments as the best route to helping “the poor and the lowest paid”, Lord Clarke said – instead of slashing it by £20 a week.“I would cut out all the tax cutting. I have already got all...

Pressure builds on Rishi Sunak to act now on living costs

The chancellor must act now and not wait for the Autumn Budget to help people with the soaring cost of living, say business groups and unions. The Confederation of British Industry said: "There are some choices about what you do now and what you do later. You have to help the hardest hit now."

Rishi Sunak warns of tough few months as inflation soars

Rishi Sunak is to warn that the next few months "will be tough" after it was revealed prices are rising at the fastest rate for 40 years. In a speech to businesses later, the chancellor will admit he "cannot pretend" it will be easy to cut the cost of living crunch for families.