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Christian advisor warns mini-budget 'entirely the wrong thing' as Truss doubles down

by Sophie Drew

As the Prime Minister doubles-down on the decision to cut taxes for the highest earners, a policy advisor for the Methodist Church warns that the government has made a grave mistake.

Liz Truss has been taking a tour of regional radio stations, assuring listeners that the UK would be worse off without the government's controversial plans. 

The Bank of England has already intervened, using emergency measures in an attempt to stabilise the economy. 

Paul Morrison, policy advisor for the Methodist Church believes the money spent on the cuts should have been given to those in need, instead of the top earners. 

He told Premier: "For that tax cut £45 billion was spent. 

"We know that this winter, even with the price cap, an average family of four, say, who lives on Universal Credit needs £1,400 extra in their bank account to keep the same standard of living as they had last year - and that standard of living is not good. 

"We know that almost half of Universal Credit claimants have to skip meals to make ends meet. 

"So just to stay at that level, they needed £1,400 and £45billion is more than enough to make those families secure. 

"But the decision was made to spend the £45 billion, of which half of it goes to the top five per cent of society - not the top half of society - the top five per cent. 

"Somebody on Universal Credit got nothing. 

"If you were rich, if the richer you were, the better it was for you. 

"That feels entirely the wrong thing when you've got a cost of living crisis and people cannot afford to heat their homes and eat."

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